Ballyfermot

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 In a letter to councillors Owen Keegan said he was aware of ‘considerable disquiet’ among councillors concerning the ‘allegations of protection payments’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has warned councillors against “prejudicing” investigations into protection payments to criminals at c(...)

A new Audi Q7 SUV was  seized by Cab in a raid in Limerick along with a Rolex watch and electronic devices containing data and paper-based financial and business records.

The Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) has carried out separate operations into suspected criminals in Limerick and Cork who have a reach into other countie(...)

Orchard Lawns, Cherry Orchard, where builders were being targeted while constructing a social housing project. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Staff in Dublin City Council have been moved out of positions and areas of the city because of intimidation or threats from criminals, councillors hav(...)

The Garda Criminal Assets Bureau has performed a valuable public service in exposing the workings of insidious extortion which is believed to be widespread. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The confiscation of almost €300,000 from two Dublin criminals last week was accompanied by worrying revelations about extortion in the city. Derek O’D(...)

David Reilly and Derek O’Driscoll have used an insidious brand of intimidation and control, all underpinned by lengthy criminal records and reputations for ultra violence, to rule Ballyfermot

When the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) kicked in doors in Dublin’s Ballyfermot, Ballyboughal and Finglas and in the Wexford seaside town of Courtown on(...)

Contractors were left with two options – either pay the money or walk off the site. ‘Neither option was attractive . . . the pragmatic option was chosen,’ said a source.

Criminals have been paid significant sums of money to prevent attacks on building sites across Dublin city, construction industry and council sources (...)

Orchard Lawns in Cherry Orchard, Dublin, where builders were targeted by antisocial behaviour while constructing a social housing project. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Gangland criminals who extorted over €550,000 from construction companies in west Dublin had their accounts frozen by the Criminal Assets Bureau (...)

The Department of Housing was informed two years two years ago of the allegations of criminality at a time when Tánaiste Simon Coveney was minister. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is to set up an independent investigation into the manner in which his department and Dublin City Council handled i(...)

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(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy  said he ‘can’t condone that kind of activity, or officials from any local authority being involved in that type of activity’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government may look into whether councils around the country have paid “security” or protection money to ensure houses can be built without anti-s(...)

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