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

Gardaí have arrested a man for questioning about the extortion of money from construction companies working on public housing schemes in Dublin. Whil(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)