A new 50-strong specialist Garda unit is to be deployed in an attempt to contain a massive upsurge in murderous gangland violence in Dublin, it emerged today.
The sole duties of the additional officers will be to target groups involved in organised crime, Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy said.
Mr Conroy said the new unit, headed by Detective Chief Superintendent Noel White, will work closely with other specialist national sections and officers employed on Operation Anvil.
The commissioner made the announcement as gardaí continued to hunt the gunmen and the driver of a black Ford Mondeo who escaped on foot after his passenger was shot dead in a bloody ambush on the Clontarf Road in north Dublin last night.
Detectives believe the murder of the 27-year-old man was a revenge attack in an ongoing turf war between two rival crime gangs in the city, which also saw two men shot dead on Sunday night.