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Saturday 16 December 2017

Gardai took secret ' Don' file to photocopying shop

A classified garda file, with information on the assassination of gangster Eamonn Dunne, right, was brought to an inner-city photocopying shop.

The highly sensitive document contained information on a Finglas gang suspected of carrying out the murder of gang-boss 'the Don'.

An employee of the printing firm recognised the name of a member of the gang and immediately rang him, promising to keep a copy of the file. Detectives from the crime and security branch, who were monitoring the suspected criminal's phone, overheard the conversation.

After the conversation, specialist armed gardai from crime and security and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation's (NBCI) Organised Crime Unit (OCU) swooped immediately upon the shop.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern confirmed the events yesterday in the Dail.

TDs heard that while a member of staff of the Dublin city centre shop was dealing with the printing request "members of the Garda became aware that this person communicated with a third party without the consent of the garda".

Fine Gael justice spokesman Alan Shatter described the incident as "an extraordinary example of complete incompetence" and claimed the shop was Read's Print and Design on Nassau Street.

He said there was "a public need to maintain confidentiality on such files", especially given "the difficulties we have with gangland crime and the extent of the collapse of law and order and the number of people shot on our streets".

Nobody is expected to face charges as no criminal offence was committed.

hnews@herald.ie

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