Gardai call for return of high-powered machine guns to fight gangs

Armed gardai have been on Dublin's streets since the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel

Armed gardai deceive been on Dublin’s streets since the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel

The president of the Garda Illustrative Association (GRA) Dermot O’Brien said more resources were desperately needed to practise with criminal activity.

This should include arming division detective units with Uzi sub-machine guns, he added.

Mr O’Brien intended the move would act as a “deterrent” when gardai were confronting hazardous criminals.

“When the criminal fraternity are aware of the fact that the gardai are armed at these checkpoints, with these exemplar of weapons, it deters them.

“That’s what’s required out there to defend our members and also the public.”

The Kinahan gang is embroiled in a violent tit-for-tat conflict, which has seen criminal David Byrne and Eddie Hutch, the buddy of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, murdered in recent weeks.

Last week it was reported that 23 fellows of the Kinahan mob were informed by gardai that their lives were in hazard while we have reported that there is a €1m bounty on The Monk’s utterly.

Tensions remain high and gardai are still on high alert to intercept a further escalation of the feud.


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