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Armed garda patrol 'only around the corner' from Sunset House shooting

The scene of Monday night's shooting in Summerhill
The scene of Monday night's shooting in Summerhill

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Mahony has confirmed that an armed garda patrol was 'only around the corner' when two men burst into the Sunset House pub and shot Michael Barr to death on Monday night.

O'Mahony - who is in charge of Crime and Security for An Garda Siochana - said that armed gardai were on patrol in the city centre on Monday night. They were in the vicinity of the Summerhill premises at the time of the fatal shooting.

"I think it is important to say that there are armed patrols on a 24/7 basis in the city," he said.

"Last night (Monday) an armed patrol was only around the corner from the shooting when it took place. I think it is indicative of the challenges that we are facing that people are willing to go and commit a crime of this nature despite the presence or close presence of armed gardai."

It has emerged that armed detectives in the Crumlin area have also been ordered to patrol on a 24/7 basis.

Assistant Commissioner O'Mahony also revealed that garda units foiled a murder bid last week.

"There are obviously challenges. That being said on a regular basis we are preventing murders. Only last week in an incident we had to take preventative measures to save a person, who will probably never know that they were a target on that particular night, but these things are happening on a regular basis," O'Mahony said.