Saturday 24 March 2018

Suspected gangland hit foiled by arrest of armed men in capital

Photo: Stock picture
Photo: Stock picture

Cathal McMahon and Alan O'Keeffe

Gardaí foiled a suspected gangland hit when they arrested two men and seized a loaded firearm in south Dublin last night.

The men were stopped in a van on the Kylemore Road, in Ballyfermot, between 7.30pm and 8pm, and arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A loaded gun was recovered from the vehicle. The pair, aged 34 and 38, were brought to Crumlin garda station for questioning.

Gardaí are investigating if gangland target Michael Frazer, who has escaped five previous attempts on his life, was the intended target of the hit team. The arrests came as a result of an intelligence-led operation conducted by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

Local councillor Daithí de Róiste said the arrests and firearm seizure showed how rife criminality remained in the area.

"This is another example of how criminality remains a serious problem in Dublin," he said.

"I would like to praise the quick action of gardaí. It is very likely they have foiled a gangland hit."


Councillor Daithí Doolan said: "I congratulate gardaí whose actions have saved a life tonight. This operation helped to protect life.

"I absolutely condemn criminals for their activities. People would have been put in danger by these criminals, including children out playing on the streets.

"Gardaí deserve to be fully resourced in their fight against crime and I will be looking for more resources for gardaí in Ballyfermot. They clearly saved someone's life tonight."

The van was intercepted by the Emergency Response Unit.

Irish Independent

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