Saturday 21 April 2018

Taoiseach to attend crisis meeting on gang violence

Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is to get a “full security briefing” from Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan amid the spiralling gang violence in Dublin.

Mr Kenny is to meet Ms O’Sullivan along with Tánaiste and justice minister Frances Fitzgerald tonight to discuss what he termed the “murderous feud”.

He was again responding to questions in the Dáil in light of yesterday’s brutal killing of Gareth Hutch.

Mr Kenny said: “I’ve asked the minister for justice and the Garda Commissioner, with the Assistant Commissioner to come this evening for a full security briefing at 7pm particularly in respect of the extra facilities and resources being made available in the north inner city to deal with this issue.”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has called for "mini-CABs" in Garda Districts to target drug lords in communities and for powers for Gardaí to stop the street trade in prescription drugs.

Mr Kenny said he intends to meet the community in the North Inner City and local public representatives “when it’s appropriate”.

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