Two men held over murder of crime boss Dunne
TWO men suspected of being involved in providing logistical support to the killers of gangland crime boss Eamon Dunne last April were being questioned by gardai last night.
The suspects, both in their late 20s, are alleged to be members of a Dublin inner-city gang believed by gardai to have played a part in the murder of Dunne in the Fassaugh House pub at Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra on April 23 last.
Officers are satisfied that a 'hit' was placed on Dunne's head by a major Irish criminal, based in Spain.
The criminal is regarded as a huge supplier of drugs to the Irish market and most of the trafficking gangs operating here are on his books.
Garda intelligence indicated the overseas crime lord had been infuriated by Dunne's behaviour in attracting garda attention to his gang and the drugs trade generally.
The intelligence suggested the lucrative trade was being disrupted because of the number of garda units involved in investigating Dunne's activities, including his alleged involvement in up to a dozen murders.
He decided Dunne had become a serious liability and offered a contract to a gang here to murder him.
The suspects are linked to a north inner-city gang, who were tasked with providing peripheral support for the shooting.
The two men were arrested yesterday morning after gardai from Mountjoy searched homes in Hardwicke Street flats, off the North Circular Road, in Blanchardstown in west Dublin and Bettystown, Co Meath.
Two handguns were seized during the searches as well as a kilo of cocaine, with a street value of around €70,000.
Ballistic tests were being carried out by garda technical bureau experts last night on the confiscated weapons to determine if they had been used in the Dunne murder or other recent shootings.
Gardai said neither suspect was thought to have been directly involved in the shooting but had provided logistical back-up for the killers and were regarded as playing a key role in the operation.
The two men were detained under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act and could be held without charge for up to seven days.
A woman, also in her late 20s, was arrested in the swoops and was being questioned last night for allegedly withholding information. She can be detained without charge for up to three days.
The three were being held at Whitehall, Mountjoy and Store Street stations.