Surveillance of gang was called off just before horror raid
An undercover surveillance operation on members of a violent Dublin crime gang was stood down three hours before they staged a terrifying raid on the Corcoran family in Co Tipperary.
The Irish Independent has learned a team of officers from the National Surveillance Unit (NSU) - backed up by heavily armed members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) - had been secretly tailing the seven-member mob after gardaí received intelligence they were planning a robbery on the night.
A source has claimed the operation was stood down around midnight in the belief that the gang was not going to go ahead with a robbery that night. Garda HQ denies the allegation.
It is also understood the gang agreed to plead guilty on Thursday on condition a recording of the "harrowing" 999 call from the family home was not played in court.