Wednesday 21 February 2018

To end the reign of the 'Untouchables' we need more armed gardaí

Garda Representative Association president Dermot O'Brien Photo: Courtpix
Garda Representative Association president Dermot O'Brien Photo: Courtpix

Michael Carty

The ferocity and escalation of armed crime reached a new and horrific level with the fatal gun attack carried out at the Regency Hotel in Dublin last Friday. Moreover, it demonstrated a brazen affront to the rule of law. The calm determination of the attackers to seek out and identify victims and the military precision of the murder and subsequent escape should send a clear signal to the authorities that a professional and determined response is required.

Consequently, and despite the deployment of a high-visibility, citywide, armed garda operation and a focused police endeavour, these gangs were able to carry out another killing in the city three days later. So it was reassuring to hear the authorities are taking up the gauntlet thrown down by the self-styled 'Untouchables'.

Hopefully, what we are now witnessing will be the beginning of a strategy and not a knee-jerk reaction. For the recent atrocities have called into question the ability and capability of gardaí to deal effectively with organised crime.

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