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Machine gun among cache of weapons seized over Dublin feud

By Robin Schiller

A deadly cache of firearms linked to an escalating north Dublin feud has been seized by the Garda.

The weapons, including a sub-machine gun and five handguns, were recovered in Coolock following a police pursuit yesterday afternoon.

One line of enquiry is that the major firearms seizure is part of a gang war between crime groups in the area.

A low-level criminal was signalled to pull over by officers on Greencastle Road, but instead drove away at speed.

Following a brief chase the vehicle crashed on Priorswood Road and the man fled the scene on foot.

He later discarded a bag in Ferrycarrig Park, which was searched and found to contain the weapons and a quantity of ammunition.

The Garda was last night continuing its hunt for the man as part of the investigation.

Detectives believe that the firearms belong to a north Dublin serial hitman who has been feuding with a crime boss known as 'Mr Big'.

Specialist gardai have become increasingly concerned about the dispute following the murder of Ken Finn, an associate of 'Mr Big', in February.

Police last night said they were unaware of underworld reports that the hitman has survived a number of attempts on his life in recent days.

"This is developing into a very nasty situation indeed, and it was always going to be after the murder of Ken Finn," a senior source said.

"This was not an intelligence-led operation but in fact eagle-eyed gardai recognised the man driving the car as a known criminal and became suspicious," the source added.

The vehicle believed to be linked to the investigation has been seized while the weapons have been removed to the ballistic section in Garda HQ for forensic examination.

"No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing," a Garda spokesman said.

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