Gardai call for return of high-powered machine guns to fight gangs
Gardai are calling for the return of high-powered machine guns to the force, after the recent escalation in gangland violence in the capital.
The president of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) Dermot O'Brien said more resources were desperately needed to deal with criminal activity.
This should include arming district detective units with Uzi sub-machine guns, he added.
Mr O'Brien said the move would act as a "deterrent" when gardai were confronting dangerous criminals.
"When the criminal fraternity are aware of the fact that the gardai are armed at these checkpoints, with these type of weapons, it deters them.
"That's what's required out there to protect our members and also the public."
The Kinahan gang is embroiled in a violent tit-for-tat feud, which has seen criminal David Byrne and Eddie Hutch, the brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, murdered in recent weeks.
Tensions remain high and gardai are still on high alert to prevent a further escalation of the feud.