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Monday 19 November 2018

Over 2,800 guns seized during Operation Anvil

More than 2,800 firearms have been seized by gardai under the long-running Operation Anvil which targets armed gangs.

The haul has been recovered by armed officers over the four and a half years since Anvil swung into operation.

There have also been more than 8,700 arrests for serious offences.

These include detentions for murder, serious assault, robbery and burglary.

The new statistics, revealed by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern, show there were 83,700 searches for weapons, drugs and stolen goods since the start of the operation in summer 2005. The figures come as garda chiefs consider funding for Operation Anvil in 2010.

The anti-gang operation has a budget of €21m this year but its allocation for next year has not been finalised.

Anvil operates nationwide but most of its resources are deployed in Dublin.

It was launched after a spate of gang murders in west Dublin, including the April 2005 murder of Andrew Glennon, who was shot dead after he went to meet a group of men in Clonee, Co Meath.

Latest figures show there have been 182 murders involving a firearm over the past 11 years and that court proceedings have started in 50 cases.

clooney@herald.ie

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