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Gardaí won't take their eye off gangland thugs, says Commissioner

The Commissioner said investigations into gangland deaths are progressing well.

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THE GARDA COMMISSIONER has said the investigation into the murder of 24-year-old Martin O’Rourke is “progressing well” and that the force is determined in its fight against organised crime.

Speaking to reporters at the conference of the Association of Garda Superintendents, Nóirín O’Sullivan described the fatal shooting of the father-of-three as “horrific”.

“We do not take our eye off the fight against organised crime, nor will we,” she said.

O’Sullivan added that she was mindful of the importance of providing her officers with the best technology, vehicles and other equipment they need to tackle this escalating feud. Earlier, in her speech to garda delegates, she had conceded that the force was 20 years behind where it should be in some areas.

The fight against organised crime continues “on all fronts”, she said, pointing out that this year alone, more than €15 million worth of drugs has been seized as well as cash and high powered guns like AK-47s and makarov pistols.

“Unfortunately, it is not possible to prevent every single crime – that’s just not possible,” she said.

Read: Family of Martin O’Rourke will visit Sheriff St after funeral to thank locals for support>

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