Hoade demands new, specialised Garda unit to tackle gangland killings

Wed, Feb 10, 2016

The advanced organisational capabilities of tightly organised, highly mobile gangs, and their "sheer brutality" demands a co-ordinated, concentrated, response by An Garda Síochána, which can only come by setting up Serious Organised Crime Unit within the force.

This is the view of Fianna Fáil Galway West candidate, Cllr Mary Hoade, who was reacting to the recent spate of gangland and Continuity IRA killings. She also said calls to abolish the Special Criminal Courts were "disturbing", and could not be countenanced in the light of the shootings in Dublin.

Cllr Hoade and her party are calling for the establishment of a new SOCU, within An Garda Síochána, to tackle organised, dissident, and gangland crime, whose remit would include co-operation with Interpol and other police agencies.


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