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Massive security operation planned for gang funerals

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan 'gets extra resources when she wants them' says Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan 'gets extra resources when she wants them' says Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Gardai will have a ‘highly visible presence’ at Monday's funeral of murdered gang member David Byrne, while undercover officers will also patrol the south inner city throughout the day. understands that senior officers plan to have a highly visible presence outside the south inner city church where Mr Byrne's funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, to deter anybody intent on creating further bloodshed.

Undercover officers will also be deployed to keep watch on surrounding streets.

Officers from the specialist and local units have all been briefed on the identities of all of the key players in the deadly feud.

Gardai remain on high alert in the wake of the killings of Byrne and Eddie Hutch Senior, which have brought into focus the activities of two of Ireland’s most dangerous gangs.

The authorities are said to be closing in on the perpetrators of both gruesome murders.

This scrutiny has led to several journalists at Independent News & Media receiving threats.

Speaking on Redfm in Cork this morning, Mr Kenny said it was his understanding that Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan would direct the security operation for the funerals of Mr Byrne and Mr Hutch.

The Taoiseach said that when Ms O'Sullivan "wants extra resources, she gets them".

Expressing his confidence in the Gardai, he said the force had dealt with similar threats in the past and would have no issue doing so again.

Mr Byrne was believed to have been shot dead in retaliation for the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain last September.

Three days later, the other faction in the feud struck back by shooting Eddie Hutch Snr at his home in the north inner city.

Gardai say the introduction of armed checkpoints and saturation policing since last weekend has already disrupted the activities of members of the two gangs and prevented them from carrying out further acts of violence.

Speaking to today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: "Those who issue death threats to journalists and anybody else have no place in our society.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the government will "stand up to the ruthless gangs who show such scant regard for human life, and those who outrageously threaten Ireland’s journalists."