Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has welcomed the arrests and seizures by gardaí investigating paramilitary activity in Dublin.
“What we witnessed at the funeral of Alan Ryan last week was a sinister reminder of a negative strain of Irish life many thought had been consigned to the past,” said Deputy Collins.
“The pictures of anonymous armed men dressed in paramilitary gear, claiming to represent republicanism and brazenly disrespecting the rule of law, brought back bitter memories of the activities of the Provisional IRA, and will have left those who remember such activity feeling angry and disgusted. I very much welcome the swift and comprehensive response from An Garda Síochána. It sends the message loud and clear that the citizens of this Republic will not tolerate this type of insult and lawlessness.
“We need a zero tolerance approach to all forms of organised crime. Any attempt to terrorise and victimise the ordinary citizens of this country must not be tolerated. Tackling an issue like this needs political leadership from all parties. The Justice Minister and the Garda Commissioner have my full support and that of my party in bringing these individuals to justice.”