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Minister and gardaí to hold talks
09 Feb 2016 11:11
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is meeting the Garda Commissioner and senior officers today to discuss the escalating violence in Dublin following the murder of a 59-year-old man last night.
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Eddie Hutch senior was shot dead after a gang of gunmen burst into his home on Poplar Row in Ballybough in Dublin at around 7.45pm.
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Gardaí believe the murder is in retaliation for the gun attack on the Regency Hotel last Friday which resulted in another man, David Byrne, being shot dead.
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Minister Fitzgerald has said that some gangs seem intent on waging a feud where human life counts for nothing and has urged gang members who are in fear to contact the gardaí.
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The President of the Garda Representative Association has said the association is sending a clear and unambiguous message that there are not enough resources to tackle gangland crime.
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Dermot O'Brien said that additional resources and extra training for his members are urgently needed.
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He said the association wanted a regional support unit to be put in place in Dublin immediately, along with other measures.
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Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr O’Brien said the association was looking for "the immediate introduction of MP7 sub machine gun for the DDU and the return of the uzi sub machine gun until the MP7 is introduced."
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"And also we're seeking more dedicated recruitment to deal with such crime" he said.
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Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O' Rourke Independent TD, Maureen O' Sullivan, said the recent murders are the accumulation of the cuts to garda resources and various community projects over the last six years.
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Ms O'Sullivan said that a "mini criminal assets bureau" should be set up to target middle ranking dealers.
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In light of the crash the former Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke has appealed for no retaliation and called for calm from all sides following last night's gangland shooting in Dublin.
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Also speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O' Rourke Mr Burke, who previously lived in Poplar Row, said the locals have called for more police activity in the area and for Fitzgibbon Street and Whitehall Garda Stations to be re-opened.
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Archbishop speaks out against the violence
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Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin repeated his condemnation of the violence, calling on the public to rally to remind the perpetrators they are not “untouchable”.
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"Premeditated shooting in public places even in the presence of terrified children and innocent bystanders only degrades the humanity of those who do it.
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“They fail to see that such inhumanity inevitably rebounds on its own perpetrators and never leaves them with the security they seek.
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“The perpetrators are not idols or stars or heroes," he said in a statement.
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"They are criminals who threaten not just public order but democracy and the rule of law and who have no care for anything except their own criminal interests."
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