Gardai having ‘extraordinary’ success in battle against Kinahan Cartel and crime gangs, says Policing Authority
- 17:31, 15 Aug 2022
- Updated: 17:31, 15 Aug 2022
GARDAI are enjoying “extraordinary” success in the battle against the Kinahan Cartel and organised crime gangs here, according to the Policing Authority.
And the group’s ‘Assessment of Policing Performance’ report also outlined how there were no “threat to life” incidents in the first half of 2022.
This is in stark contrast to the forty six lives that were saved from 2015 by officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau investigating the Kinahan and Hutch feud.
Among those whose lives have been saved are Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch’s brother Patsy, Hutch associate James ‘Mago’ Gately and Fat Freddie Thompson’s former pal Michael Frazer.
Other lives have been saved by feuding criminal gangs in west Dublin, Ballyfermot and by gardai investigating the Drogheda feud.
The major criminal gangs who have been targeted include the Kinahan cartel, the Family and feuding criminals in Finglas.
The report revealed: “There were no threat to life incidents in the first half of 2022, which is recognised as an extraordinary marker of success arising from Garda activity over recent years that has real community impact.”
The authority also recognised the ongoing international cooperation between gardai and law enforcement agencies around the world.
In recent years, the cooperation has led to the conviction of Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh over a €36m drug smuggling operation and the conviction of James Quinn in Spain for the 2015 murder of Gary Hutch.
Policing Authority Chairperson, Bob Collins, welcomed the force’s “significant policing successes”.
Mr Collins added: “Once again, however, it feels it necessary to draw attention to the continuing urgency of making and sustaining progress in the development of the organisational capacity of the Garda Siochana in areas that are vital to the quality of the policing service given to the public.