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Evidence before the High Court set out how two council workers advised contractors to pay two men their demanded fees for “fence maintenance” in order that antisocial behaviour directed against the contractors’ sites would stop. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The protection money for criminals paid by at least one construction firm to ensure a building site remained free from attack was first given to a Du(...)

The information in relation to Dublin City Council paying  protection money to two west Dublin criminals arose during a case taken by the Criminal Assets Bureau     in the High Court on Tuesday. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council has denied it paid protection money to two west Dublin criminals to stop violence and intimidation at social housing construction (...)

Asked could there be more criminals or more cases involved, the garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “Investigations are ongoing. This is an incident that does seem like it deserves further attention and further examination and I expect that to happen in terms of our further enquiries in respect to this.”

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he was “greatly disturbed” by reports that Dublin City Council was paying “security” or protection money to(...)

Cab claimed the two men had a number of income streams including drug dealing in Ballyfermot and other parts of Dublin, organised burglaries, tax offences and extortion. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council was paying “security” or protection money to the leader of a Dublin drugs gang, and also to a man who was connected to three murde(...)