Gardaí arrest four suspected assassins in the North Inner city of Dublin

As part of an ongoing operation into the activities of Organised Crime gangs, Gardai from Special Crime Operations(SCO) assisted by the Emergency Response Unit and Armed Support Unit arrested four males(23,35,37 and 38 years) this evening the 6th November 2017 in the North Inner city of Dublin. The four males have been arrested for conspiracy to murder. Gardai also seized a firearm and silencer (subject to ballistic examination).The four males are being detained under the provisions of section 50 Criminal Justice Act 2007.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is responsible for Special Crime Operations (SCO) within An Garda Síochána, states that that the arrests made today along with the associated seizure of a firearm represents a significant additional achievement in An Garda Síochána’s ongoing and unrelenting effort to tackle organised crime and, in particular, the total disregard for human life exhibited by the criminals involved.

The Assistant Commissioner, who recently revealed that operations undertaken by An Garda Síochána and the Garda National Organised Crime Bureau (GNOCB), supported by other specialised units within the organisation, including the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and Armed Support Units (ARUs), in particular, has resulted in interventions in up to forty (40) circumstances where the planned assassination of targeted persons, by organised crime gangs, was involved.

Assistant Commissioner O’Driscoll said additional resources provided to Special Crime Operations (SCO) has enabled a crew of dedicated and highly skilled personnel to make significant inroads into tackling the activities of a number of major organised crime groups (OCGs), through arrests, seizure of high calibre weaponry and seizure of significant sums of money. He said “I continue to be heartened and assured by the level of absolute commitment and ‘top drawer’ professionalism and, indeed, bravery exhibited over and over again by the personnel within the Garda Síochána who are assigned to the difficult tasks associated with the operational activity involved”.

The Assistant Commissioner said An Garda Síochána will continue to target those criminals who consider themselves to be beyond the law and for this purpose are engaging in a very productive manner with other law enforcement authorities at both a national and international level. He said he is confident of continuing positive outcomes to the cooperation involved, both at home and abroad.

Garda car rammed Co. Meath

On the 15th September 2016 as part of Operation Thor, Gardaí from Trim Garda station were on patrol in the Kiltale area of Co Meath. At approximately 11.30am they observed a target vehicle, a silver VW Golf with four males in the forecourt of a service station in Kiltale. As the members drove into the forecourt the suspect car reversed into a civilian car and injured a female. The suspect car then rammed the Garda car and fled the scene. Two of the suspects fled the scene on foot but were followed by both Gardaí. One suspect (18 years) was arrested on suspicion of burglary an is being detained at Trim Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.


The injured female and two Gardaí were taken to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown for treatment.

The silver golf was found a short time later in a field approximately one mile from Mullagh Cross on the Summerhill to Dunboyne Road. Local Gardaí are been assisted by the Air Support Unit in a search of the area.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses who may have seen this car a silver VW Golf in and around the Kiltale area or may have seen it being abandoned at Mullagh Cross to contact them at Trim on 046 9481540, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Man arrested after Castleknock Robbery

Gardai at Blanchardstown have arrested a man in his 40’s following a robbery at a pharmacy at Castleknock on 9th March 2016.

At approximately 7.25pm an off duty member of An Garda Siochana observed a male acting suspiciously in the vicinity of a Pharmacy at Castleknock Shopping centre.

He then contacted Gardai at Blanchardstown. He observed this man enter a Pharmacy. The man threatened staff and demanded money and assaulted a customer. The off duty Garda entered the pharmacy, identified himself as a member of An Garda Siochana, and the man was arrested, with assistance from two uniformed Gardai from Blanchardstown who had arrived at the scene.

The male was taken to Blanchardstown Garda station where he was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

He was charged this morning and has been brought to Blanchardstown District Court for 10.30am sitting this morning the 10th March 2016.

No one was seriously injured in the incident.