'Our dedication to solving gangland war is absolute' - Garda chief
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has said the force's determination to bring the brutal gangland slayings in Dublin's north inner city to an end is "absolute".
Ms O'Sullivan told the Irish Independent: "We treat each single victim as unique. Their experience is unique. We are very, very conscious behind every tragedy and every murder is a family that is bereaved.
"It is very important the services that are provided to those families remain the same and we are absolutely committed to doing that. Our dedication, our commitment, and our resolve to solving these crimes is absolute.
"We have more than 20 people arrested and a number of people charged before the courts and our determination will continue in that regard.
Commissioner O'Sullivan was speaking at an event marking 20 years of the Support After Homicide volunteer organisation which supports the families of victims.
She told those in attendance: "To have a member of your family murdered is absolutely unimaginable."
Meanwhile, it emerged that almost 17,000 people applied for just 450 jobs in the latest round of recruitment by An Garda Síochána.
New figures show that the number of people seeking to enter the force dramatically outstrips the places on offer at Templemore College.
According to the Department of Expenditure and Public Reform, some 25,000 applications were received by the Public Appointments Service during the first recruitment drive when the training college reopened in September 2014. The jobs on offer come with a salary of €25,472 after one year, rising gradually to €35,840 by year five.