Saturday 18 January 2020

Armed patrols to continue as city on high alert after gangland murders

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Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

ARMED garda patrols are set to continue across Dublin city amid fears of more gangland violence.

Senior gardai met in the capital to discuss the ongoing gangland feud, with Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan, who is responsible for the DMR garda division, stating the force often meet several times a week on organised crime.

The meeting comes after two gangland related murders this week.

Mr Nolan said that overtime cuts on members of the force does not affect any of their armed patrol units.

The assistant commissioner said he is “very confident” these patrols will continue.

“I’ve heard that suggestion about overtime cuts for armed controls, but there are no cuts for the armed patrols that are out.

"There is a schedule of garda checkpoints, armed patrols and high visibility patrols across the city every day of the week, and those will be continuing into the future, I’m very confident of that,” he added.

So far this year, there have been seven fatal shootings - most of which were carried out as part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud that has escalated across the city.

Mr Nolan said meetings on gangland issues are regular among senior gardai.

“I can confirm that an garda siochana meets on a very regular basis about organised crime and about serious crime and we had a meeting this morning,” he said.

“That’s a regular occurrence on a weekly basis and many times more than once a week, where the progress of particular investigations are considered, where strategies implemented are assessed and where they have to be tweaked or refined,” he added.

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