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PICS: Armed gardai and sniffer dogs on Dublin streets as security is ratcheted up

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Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today
Garda checkpoint in Dublin today

A heavy Garda presence is still visible on the streets of the capital this evening.

One week on from the shocking gangland hit at the Regency Hotel, armed gardai and checkpoints are now a visible presence around Dublin city.

These pictures show heavily armed gardai from the Emegency Response Unit and sniffer dogs at a checkpoint on Cork Street on Dublin's southside this afternoon.

An increased security presence has been promised ahead of Monday's funeral of David Byrne, who was killed during the Regency Hotel attack.

Independent.ie 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.

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.