Dublin: Top Cop Warns Gangsters ”There Are No – No-Go-Areas” (For Gardai) Gang members Will Continue To Be Confronted: UPDATED

28 Jul

Assistant Commissioner Michael Feehan says gardai have the will and commitment to confront gangland criminals

Assistant Commissioner Michael Feehan says gardai have the will and commitment to …

One of Ireland‘s most senior officers has warned organised crime gangs there is no hiding place for members.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Feehan, who heads the Dublin division, said gardai have the will and commitment to confront gangland criminals across the capital.

The senior garda said the level of protection young members have is overstated.

“Over the last 18 months to two years we have deployed significant resources in confronting very serious criminals around gang-related crime,” he said.

“We are doing a lot of work with significant successes.

“There are no no-go areas and there are no gangs we are not willing to and capable of confronting.

“That’s a serious message that needs to go out to communities where people feel intimidated.

An Garda Siochana is equipped and we do have the resources and we certainly have the will and commitment to confront these serious criminal gangs.”

Latest figures show 127 arrests have been made relating to organised crime over the past year, with eight people charged before the court under new gangland legislation.

Mr Feehan said community gardai are also engaged with communities to target low level anti-social behaviour.


New figures released from the Central Statistics Office have revealed a sharp drop in the incidence of crime over the past three months.

Alan Shatter - Warned against complacency

Alan Shatter – Warned against complacency

The recorded crime figures show a reduction across all 15 categories of serious crime.

The murder rate dropped by 25%, weapons and explosives offences were down 24%, drugs crime was down 19%, while sexual offences dropped by 37%.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, welcomed the decreases but warned against complacency.

‘While the figures show that the Garda strategies in place to prevent and combat crime are working, both the Garda Commissioner and I are determined that they will not lead to any complacency on our part,’ Mr Shatter said.

‘The public finances and the resources we have available are under severe pressure. It is vital that we continue to use them to maximum effect.’



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