Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said he will continue to put more gardaí on the front line by deploying new recruits and redeploying gardaí from administrative to operational roles.

He was speaking at the graduation of over 200 new recruits at the Garda College in Templemore

More than three quarters of the new gardaí are being allocated to stations in parts of the country worst affected by organised crime, with 182 of the 201 garda graduates being sent Dublin.

Most will serve in Finglas, Blanchardstown and in the inner city where ongoing criminal feuds continue.

Thirty gardaí are also being posted to the Louth division, 25 of whom are due to be based in Drogheda which is also dealing with an ongoing drugs feud.

Only four gardaí are being sent to the south or south east of the country. All are being posted to Waterford with none allocated to Cork, Kerry, Clare, Wexford, Tipperary, Offaly, Laois, Carlow, Wicklow, Kilkenny, or Kildare.

No gardaí are being allocated to Longford or Westmeath either.

Commissioner Harris said three gangland murders in the past three weeks are the result of turf wars between organised crime groups that have escalated because of their viciousness.

He said the gardaí were not only investigating them but were determined to reassure the communities of their ongoing commitment to tackle those gangs in these areas.

The allocation of three quarters of the gardaí graduating today to Dublin and Drogheda, areas currently worst affected by organised crime was "very deliberate."

He described the murders as shocking and vicious and he said they could have been avoided.

Gardaí, he said, are trying to prevent further attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice and make sure they do not happen again.

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However, he said there are "hardened organised crime groups who are vicious and are prepared to engage in extreme violence and turf wars with each other".

He said gardaí are not "a casual observer, we are in the middle of that, bringing them to justice".

On the issue of ostentatious gangland funerals he said he supported Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's comments.

A funeral he said should not be "show of strength" and the gardaí want to play their part to make sure the law is not broken and people see the forces of law and order are in control.

He accepted there was very little he could do in relation to some of the displays where the law is not being broken but "at the same time we must ensure that our presence is there, sufficient, so as the rest of the community is not in effect scared by these overt displays of gangland affiliation".

He said the gardaí always have a concern around the funerals because of the potential for further offences.

He said he did not regard them as shows of strength but any show of strength will be by An Garda Síochána.

The Commissioner, meanwhile, rejected assertions that community policing was "the softer side of policing".

Commissioner Harris said it requires hard work, empathy and dealing with crimes such as robberies and burglaries that impact on people's lives.