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

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

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.

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

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

Via Independent.ie