Six arrested in plot to kill a Garda and a journalist
GARDAI have arrested six people in Dublin in connection with a plan to murder a Garda, a newspaper journalist and a trial witness. The assassination order is believed to have come from inside an Irish prison and a contract of €20,000 was offered to the hit man.
Sunday World journalist Mick McCaffrey, an unnamed Garda and a trial witness were the targets.
Mr McCaffrey (30) who was previously news editor of the Sunday Tribune, wrote a story about the criminal behind the plot which angered him.
The gang boss, who is currently in prison, has been linked to a number of serious crimes. He is on remand in custody awaiting trial on other offences.
He has been linked to the kidnap and murder of Roma teenager Mariora Rostas (19) in January 2008.
The gang boss, one of his key associates and four women, including his mother, sister and girlfriend, were arrested by gardai – four people are still being questioned.
Mr McCaffrey was forced to move out of his home for a time and has been taking security precautions since he was informed by Gardai of the assassination bid.
It is understood that a file on the case is being prepared for the DPP.