The Garda Commissioner has announced his intention to establish a full-time specialist unit to deal with gangland crime.
Fachtna Murphy was speaking at his first garda graduation ceremony in Templemore since becoming commissioner.
The Organised Crime Unit, which was set up on a temporary basis in November 2005, is being established on a permanent basis due to it's success to date.
It will have 70 members and will be dedicated to targeting gun crime, organised crime and drug trafficking.
The unit will be led by Detective Superintendent Dominic Hayes and will be under the control of Detective Chief Superintendent Noel White.