Fears that gangland feud could lead to grenade or bomb attack
Reports today suggest that gardai are concerned that a 'spectacular' strike in a public place by one of the feuding gangland factions could be on the cards.
According to today's Sun, gardai are concerned that one side has learned where the other's senior members are meeting.
The locations, which include city centre and suburban addresses around Dublin, are now feared to be possible spots for a spectacular strike, one which may involve grenades, bombs or spraying a site with gunfire.
This raises the prospect of innocent bystanders being caught up in the bloody feud between the Hutch and Kinahan mobs that has so far claimed six lives.
The paper claims that patrols have been increased in these areas to prevent any possible attacks.
However, an armed patrol was 'only around the corner' from the Sunset House when Michael Barr was gunned down on Monday night, the latest victim of the deeply personal war that has spilled onto Dublin's streets in 2016.
Yesterday, Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Mahony 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.