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Extra Garda resources to be allocated to North Dublin after shooting

Eoin Boylan, 22, was shot repeatedly outside his home in Clonshaugh Avenue in Coolock on Sunday.

Extra Garda resources have been sent to Coolock (PA)
Extra Garda resources have been sent to Coolock (PA)

By Aoife Moore, PA

The minister for justice says additional Garda resources will be sent to North Dublin after a shooting at the weekend.

Eoin Boylan, 22, was shot repeatedly outside his home in Clonshaugh Avenue in Coolock on Sunday evening and pronounced dead in nearby Beaumont Hospital.

Community activists and politicians have been calling for extra Garda resources for the Coolock and surrounding areas after a spate of violent incidents including a number of shootings in the last year.

Speaking in the Dail on Thursday, Charlie Flanagan said: “I am aware of the incident the Deputy is referring to, particularly the shooting which took place this past weekend.

I have condemned this wanton violence and I again call on everyone to pass on any information they may have, however small, by calling Coolock Garda Station Justice minister Charlie Flanagan

“I understand that the Garda Commissioner intends to allocate additional Garda resources to the DMR North Division from the attestation scheduled for tomorrow.

Investigating officers believe Mr Boylan was shot as part a drugs feud operating in the area, and Mr Flanagan said although he cannot comment on that particular investigation, he can assure the house “that we are making progress in tackling drugs and organised crime. ”

Mr Flanagan went on to mention Operation Hybrid in particular, which he says has seen substantial progress in addressing organised crime, including drug crime, across Dublin, with multiple patrols and checkpoints being conducted in the Coolock area.

Coolock is located in the DMR Northern Division, and has it’s own police station, where the Garda workforce has increased from 103 Gardai and 11 staff in December 2015, up to 117 Gardai and 16 Staff respectively as of 31 October 2019.

Speaking on Thursday morning, Mr Flanagan said that gangland violence was “absolutely not” out of control in Dublin.

“I met yesterday with the Garda Commissioner and his team, and I believe that it’s important on the part of communities to assist gardai with their investigations,” he said.

“My message to communities in Dublin is that those who wish to engage in lawbreaking will not succeed and will be relentlessly pursued by Commissioner Harris and his team.”

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