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Most Irish people would support emergency internment for gangland suspects to combat gun violence

The findings result from a new poll conducted for TheJournal.ie by Claire Byrne Live and Amárach Research.

9/2/2016. Armed Gardai Checkpoints An armed Garda on the streets of Dublin in February of this year in the wake of the gangland killings of David Byrne and Eddie Hutch Source: Sam Boal

THE VAST MAJORITY of Irish people would support emergency internment for gangland suspects as a measure to put a stop to the ongoing gun violence being seen in Dublin.

77% of those polled said they would support emergency internment. 11% said they wouldn’t agree with it, with 12% saying that they don’t know.

The findings are contained in a new Claire Byrne Live / Amárach Research poll for TheJournal.ie that was carried out on Monday.

The news comes in the wake of the murder of Gareth Hutch last week. Hutch was the seventh man murdered in the last eight months as a result of an ongoing feud between the Kinahan and Hutch families in the Dublin area.

The poll also asked people whether or not they have confidence in Noirín O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner.

41% of respondents said they have no confidence in O’Sullivan. 26% said they do have confidence in the Commissioner, with 33% saying they didn’t know.

Earlier today O’Sullivan released a statement that she had no knowledge of a secret meeting between the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness and former Commissioner Martin Callinan in relation to the Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

The poll was conducted by Amárach Research on Monday, 7 March. The survey panel comprises more than 1,000 adults who all own a smartphone. More details here.

Read: Woman to be charged in relation to murder of Gareth Hutch

Read: Where and when: A timeline of the Hutch-Kinahan feud

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