Gardaí to brief Government on gangland crime

Gardaí to brief Government on gangland crime

The Garda Commissioner and other senior officers are briefing the Government on gangland crime this evening.

Enda Kenny asked Noirín O'Sullivan for the security briefing after the murder of Gareth Hutch in Dublin's North inner city yesterday.

The Taoiseach says the Government will not lie down in the face of the threat from the feud between the Kinahan and Hutch gangs.

But he says an international policing response is needed as these gangland crimes are not being "done in a whim in the corner of some kitchen" and are being directed from international sources.

The Garda Representative Association is calling for further resources to help combat gangland crime.

The union wants the government to commit to a number of measures, including increased recruitment - in the light of the recent shooting's in Dublin's north inner city.

The GRA says there are 2,500 less Gardaí since 2010 as a result of the recruitment freeze.

Ciaran O'Neill is the President of the Garda Representative Association.

"Well we are looking for new recruits, particularly in An Garda Síochána, we have a force of 12,000, it should be 15,500 to 16,000.

"We are also looking for increases in the specialist units, but when you put resources into the specialist units you're taking from the front line and we just can't afford that at the moment."

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