Gardaí are investigating the payment of money to criminals extorting building contractors on a Dublin City Council (offices pictured) housing scheme

A Garda investigation into payments to criminals extorting building contractors on a Dublin City Council housing scheme is examining what, if anything(...)

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(...)

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(...)