Gardaí target 40 criminals in Dublin killing aftermath

Gardaí are operating “in-your-face policing” at the homes of more than 40 criminals linked to the cartel blamed for Monday’s gangland murder of Eddie Hutch in Dublin’s north inner city.

Gardaí target 40 criminals in Dublin killing aftermath

The Irish Examiner understands that members of four linked gangs, along with their associates, have been targeted for the high-level Garda attention.

Under the plan, drawn up by Garda HQ, officers have identified houses in the Crumlin, Drimnagh and south inner city areas of south Dublin.

According to sources, the strategy includes “in-your- face policing”, such as use of stop-and-search powers and the setting up of checkpoints outside their homes. It is further understood that Garda security intelligence rates the threat of further feud violence as “moderate”.

The four gangs are part of the Kinahan crime syndicate that was targeted in last Friday’s military-style assault at the Regency Hotel in north Dublin, in which Crumlin criminal David Byrne, 33, was shot dead.

The gangs include one central network in Crumlin, and up to 30 of its associates, along with a four-member grouping, also in Crumlin, and a four-member gang in nearby Drimnagh.

The fourth grouping are other associates, thought to include members of the Kinahan family here.

The developments come as Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan yesterday said the killers behind two gangland murders in four days “will be brought to justice” — adding that the force has “combated and faced down such threats” before.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald echoed her comments and said the State will “stand down this threat” but did warn that the city had entered a “cycle of revenge and retaliation”.

As Ms Fitzgerald announced a €5m overtime budget to allow for 24-hour checkpoints and armed patrols, the Government was accused of doing a U-turn on the issue of Garda resources in the space of a day.

On Monday, Ms Fitzgerald had said gardaí had sufficient resources to tackle organised crime. Commissioner O’Sullivan said gardaí were making “significant progress” in the investigation into the attack on the Regency Hotel last Friday.

While she did not expand, it is understood detectives have made progress in identifying the young gunman who was disguised as a woman.

Gardaí believe the murder of Byrne led to a revenge attack on Eddie Hutch on Monday night.

The 58-year-old taxi-driver — a brother of crime boss Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch and uncle of murdered Gary Hutch — was shot a number of times by two gunmen, who burst into his home in the north inner city. The two gunmen were part of a four-man gang which managed to evade significant Garda checkpoints and armed patrols in the area.

This gang failed to burn out its getaway vehicle, which was found in nearby Drumcondra, and gardaí are hopeful this may provide forensic and DNA clues.

Faced with questions as to why there were no gardaí at the Regency Hotel, the commissioner repeated there was “no specific intelligence” of a threat.

Assistant Commissioner for Dublin Jack Nolan said they had had “no specific intelligence that Mr Hutch was at risk”. He said a “very detailed operational plan” would be in place for the funerals.

He appealed for the public’s assistance on three vehicles linked to Mr Hutch’s shooting: a silver BMW 06 G8965 used in the getaway and abandoned at St Patrick’s Parade; a dark Izuzu or Toyota Landcruiser that the gang subsequently got into and a black Peugeot seen at the scene of the shooting on Poplar Row.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that he had advised Ms Fitzgerald to assure the commissioner “the resources that are necessary for emergency response units and the facilities to do their job will be supplied”.

Ms Fitzgerald said that a dedicated Regional Support Unit would be set up for Dublin, with 55 staff.

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