A week of violence on the streets of Dublin was sparked by a petrol-bomb attack on the home of an innocent family.
There have been shootings, gun seizures and other violent incidents linked to the outbreak of feud-related activity -- with young teenagers caught up in the violence.
Three innocent people escaped death in the petrol-bomb attack on a house in Sperrin Road, Drimnagh, at 3.30am on Monday.
The intended target of the attack is considered "a significant player" among the new breed of gangsters involved in feud-related activity in the Crumlin/Drimnagh area of the capital.
The criminal, who is in his early 20s and cannot be named for legal reasons, is facing trial this year.
Last year, major drugs and firearms charges against him were dropped after a file had been sent to the DPP. Sources say that the intended target was "furious" that his rivals would try to target him in a bomb attack and swore revenge on the juvenile criminal he blamed for the arson attack. The teenage bomb suspect has links to veteran gangster Martin 'The Viper' Foley, who had no involvement in this week's event.
As tensions threatened to spiral out of control, gardai intercepted the intended target of the firebomb attack and he was caught with a firearm.
Meanwhile officers also picked up the juvenile arson suspect on Tuesday, when he was caught in possession of a knife and arrested.
As tensions continued to increase, a close associate of the intended petrol-bomb victim is suspected of shooting at a teenager linked to the other faction in Crumlin.
And on Thursday, two shots were fired at the family home of a young man who has been involved in a separate feud with a notorious local gangster who beat a murder rap a number of years ago. Detectives have been forced to step up their armed patrols in the Crumlin/ Drimnagh area throughout the week to deal with the worsening situation.
A source explained: "In ways it is a miracle that nobody has been killed.
"What is happening here is definitely linked to the wider Crumlin/Drimnagh feud that has claimed 15 lives.
"These fellas have been happy to align themselves with the bigger criminal names in the locality such as Freddie Thompson and Brian Rattigan -- they are playing a very dangerous game.
"If anything the new generation that have come to the fore are worse than what came before them.
"Since they were children, they have known nothing except feud related violence."