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crime scene tapeThe Garda Commissioner is welcoming new measures announced by the Justice Minister to tackle gangland crime.

It will see a special garda task force set up that will work with Revenue and Social Protection officers.

Noirin O’ Sullivan says these new measures will enhance the service provided to the public in disrupting organised crime.

The Garda Representative Association is also welcoming the additional resources, saying they are confident they will yield results.
The measures will give more powers to the Criminal Assets Bureau to freeze assets suspected of being the proceeds of crime.
It’s introduced lower thresholds – allowing them to seize cash sums of over 1,000 euro
The Justice Minister is also going to bring forward more proposals that would enhance garda powers to intercept communications and carry out covert surveillance.
Frances Fitzgerald says it’s important to show a tough response to organised crime.
In addition, Gardai will establish a Special Crime Task Force – coordinated by the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau – to enhance the existing response to combatting organised crime.
Elsewhere today, Gardai investigating David Byrne’s death at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in Feburary have arrested two men in their 50s – bringing to seven the number arrested so far.
This morning, a woman arrested as part of the investigation into Gareth Hutch’s murder appeared in court charged with withholding information.
Mary McDonnell of Avondale House, North Cumberland St was remanded in custody – charged with withholding information about the death.