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Tom Brady: Gardai have had a good year but gang crime still a problem

It has been a mixed year for the gardai in their ongoing war on crime. They have successfully curbed a soaring increase in burglaries that was causing a major headache for the authorities in the first couple of months of 2012.

And their much-lauded Operation Fiacla, which tackled the travelling gangs largely responsible for the spate of break-ins and thefts, also introduced a number of measures that can be put to good use in the future.

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