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The handgun seized in Tallaght

The handgun seized in Tallaght

The handgun seized in Tallaght

Two men are due in court later this morning in connection with a suspected hit attempt in Tallaght earlier this week.

Armed gardai arrested the men - aged 51 and 22 years old - after swooping on a number of cars in West Dublin on Tuesday.

A loaded revolver was also seized by detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) along with a vehicle bearing bogus number plates.

Detectives feared that a shooting was about to be carried out before they intervened and made the arrests.

It is believed the foiled shooting was linked to a local feud in the south Dublin area and a Tallaght criminal is believed to have been the intended target.

The man, who is well-known to local gardaí, is also suspected of being involved in the intimidation of witnesses in the murder of teenager Reece Cullen in 2017.

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Reece Cullen was ‘a loving, caring fella’, his girlfriend said

Reece Cullen was ‘a loving, caring fella’, his girlfriend said

A close associate of this week's target is the chief suspect in Reece's fatal stabbing, but no one has never been charged with the innocent teen's murder.

The two men were taken into custody by gardai and are now due before the courts.

A garda spokesman said: "The two men arrested by Gardaí following the seizure of a firearm in the course of an operation in the Tallaght area on Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, have been charged.

"Both are expected to appear before a sitting of Dublin District Court - (C.C.J. No 3) this morning, Friday, 26th November."

Gardaí believe the attempt on the Tallaght criminal's life is linked to a dispute with another man from Crumlin which has been simmering in recent months.

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He was one of the men arrested on Tuesday, and the up-and-coming Crumlin drug dealer has been involved in a separate local feud in the past. A relative of this man also survived an attempt on his life in Clondalkin a number of years ago.

Several follow up searches were also carried out on Wednesday in the capital.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who has charge of the Garda Síochána’s response to Organised and Serious Crime, has said the incident could have resulted in a fatality if gardaí hadn't intervened.

"The Garda Síochána believes, through the actions of the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, supported by other specialist units, we have again intervened in a threat to life situation that was likely to result in the death of at least one person.

"The members of the Garda Síochána involved are to be commended for bringing this operation to a successful conclusion by seizing a loaded firearm and arresting suspects," Mr O'Driscoll added.


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