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Dublin is getting a new armed garda unit in response to gangland murders

An additional €55 million has been provided to increase garda resources in 2016.

14/12/2016 New Crime unit. Members of Garda Siocha Source: RollingNews.ie

A NEW ARMED unit of the gardaí is being added to the Dublin area.

The plans for the extra Garda Armed Support Unit, or ASU, comes in response to a series of murders related to gangland feuds and organised crime.

Gardaí’s role in gang feuds is to deploy emergency services to the area, help stem the violence and protect the communities most at risk.

14/12/2016 New Crime unit. Fine Gael Minister for Source: RollingNews.ie

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said today that “actions of An Garda Síochána in fearlessly opposing vicious criminal elements is a true example of service and commitment to the communities which they serve.

There are not many of us who would willingly confront the callous individuals who orchestrate the activities of criminal gangs, but members of An Garda Síochána do so on a daily basis, and at great personal risk.

The Department of Justice has also introduced a raft of new measures to counter organised crime, including new laws to target the proceeds of crime, and extra resources for An Garda Síochána – including a €55 million increase in garda resources for 2016.

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