Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice, Jim O’Callaghan has said that maintaining adequate resources and overtime for Gardaí is integral to de-escalating the ongoing gangland feud in Dublin.

Commenting on the latest shooting, which took place on Saturday evening in West Dublin, O’Callaghan said, “Garda resources and overtime must be maintained in order to keep tackling this feud. A number of weeks ago it was announced that over time for those part of the Special Detectives Unit had been cut back.

“The Gardaí have done an excellent job to date in curtailing the vicious violence of the Kinahan Hutch feud. The main reason for this has been the increased Garda presence on the ground over recent months.

“The 30% reduction in high visibility, armed Garda patrols is a retrograde step and will significantly reduce the ability of the Gardaí to continue their fight against organised crime.

“Furthermore, the reduction in covert back up by the Special Detective Unit will also reduce the ability of the Gardaí to monitor and defeat this feud.

“Government needs step up and recognise the fact that any Garda success in de-escalating this gangland feud is dependent upon sufficient resources being allocated to the Gardaí.

“It is clear that any reduction in these resources will solely benefit, and possibly even aid the activity of the organised criminals who continue to inflict such terror in communities across our Capital.”