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Thursday 14 November 2019

Gardai spend Halloween on red alert as 'Dee Dee' gang threatens to ram cars off road in stolen SUVs

Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll is ‘seeking revenge’ against gardai
Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll is ‘seeking revenge’ against gardai

Gardai across the capital were put on red alert on Halloween after intelligence suggested the 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll crime gang planned to ram garda cars off the road in a night of mayhem.

Officers were warned that notorious gangster Derek O'Driscoll - who was the focus of huge media attention after a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) case last month - is "enraged" and is "seeking revenge" against gardai.

On Thursday night, a bulletin was sent out to all gardai across the capital, warning that specific threats had been issued against them.

This included information that the 'Dee Dee' mob had access to a number of stolen Mitsubishi Pajero SUVs as well as a stolen Mercedes 4x4.

Detectives received intelligence that these vehicles had been parked "offside" in the Liffey Valley area as well as near a hotel in the Naas Road area.

Gardai suspected that the stolen vehicles were then to be used to drive into garda cars in the Ballyfermot area, particularly in Cherry Orchard.

"A red alert warning went out. There were serious concerns that gardai were going to get rammed off the road by young criminals connected to O'Driscoll," said a senior source.

"The brute is said to be apoplectic with rage after CAB exposed him in that court case.

"He has previously got his little runners to cause mayhem in Cherry Orchard on Halloween but this was a new level of threat.

"Thankfully the policing plan that was put in place meant no one was injured and no garda cars rammed."

Extorted

Last week, a receiver was appointed to sell a mobile home that previously belonged to O'Driscoll, who extorted thousands of euro from builders working for Dublin City Council in return for protection.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart at the High Court gave permission for a mobile home belonging to O'Driscoll to be sold and for four bank accounts containing more than €250,000 to be taken over by the liquidator.

The High Court previously heard that O'Driscoll, of Croftwood Grove, Ballyfermot, and his "enforcer" David Reilly, of nearby Croftwood Park, charged firms building houses for the city council between €1,200 and €1,500 a week to protect the sites from vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

O'Driscoll has 20 previous convictions, including bribing a garda, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice.

Dublin city councillors have indicated that they want a public meeting to discuss the extortion scandal. However, the council's chief executive Owen Keegan has asked them not to hold a special meeting, citing ongoing investigations.

The council has insisted that it did not pay any money to the criminals following revelations of a protection racket at the council housing site.

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