Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Growing 'gang culture' in prisons

Irish Herald

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Gang culture in prisons is growing at a faster rate than at any time in the past decade with over 1,000 inmates now being held in segregation to keep rival gang members apart, the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) has said.
The gang culture has become so acute it has spread into St Patrick’s Institution for juveniles in Dublin. A new prison specifically for gang members was badly needed.
The POA also wants the introduction of mace spray so that officers can deal more effectively with the growing “vicious” gang violence.
POA president Jim Mitchell said not only is the prisons gang problem spreading, but individual gang members are now more violent than ever.
The need to keep inmates safe and minimise conflict between gang rivals meant over 1,000 of the 4,000 plus prison population were now in protective segregation, Mr Mitchell said at the POA annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry.
“(They are in protection) out of fear, because they owe money to gangs or because they are part of the wrong gang,” Mr Mitchell said.
The prison environment had also become a “proving ground” for criminals, where their ability to “protect their drugs patch” was honed and tested.
He believed more prison officers were needed to cope with the gang violence and said overcrowding could be alleviated if fewer fine defaulters were jailed.
Many people sent to prison for fine defaulting were being processed into the system and then released immediately because there was no room for them in the jails.
The processing of such inmates was taking up a huge amount of staff time at a time when staff numbers were being reduced.
Fine Gael’s justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan today claimed the prison system was on the verge of collapse and called for the “dangerous and inhumane” overcrowding problem to be addressed.
“There are clear indications from within the prison system that unless decisive action is taken immediately, death and serious injury inside prison walls will be inevitable,” he said.
 Jailers battle to break the gangs
Special intelligence units struggle to keep feuding gangsters separated in overcrowded prisons

Monday, 26 April 2010

Slain crime boss died alone as henchmen fled the scene

Slain crime boss died alone as henchmen fled the scene

By Tom Brady Security Editor

Monday April 26 2010

Murdered crime boss Eamon Dunne was abandoned by his close associates as his bullet-riddled body slumped to the ground in a Dublin pub at the weekend.

Dunne had been partying with up to 40 people, including some of his known criminal associates, when he was singled out and clinically executed by a gangland hitman.

But they all fled from the scene immediately after the killer and his accomplice left the pub without going to his aid.

One eye-witness said: "Nobody even bothered to check whether he was still alive. All of those, who had been regularly seen by his side during the past few years, ran away."

A post-mortem examination later confirmed that Dunne was shot six times in the head and back with an automatic pistol.

Witnesses said the gunman knew exactly where Dunne was sitting in the Fassaugh House pub in Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin, when he walked into the premises around 10pm last Friday.

Senior garda officers last night described Dunne's murder as "a very professional hit". Beforehand, four men pulled up outside the pub in a silver coloured saloon car similar to a VW Passat or a Ford Mondeo.

One of the gang remained behind the wheel of the car as a second stood guard outside the entrance to the pub and the others walked calmly into the bar.

The gunman, who wore dark clothing with a hoodie pulled down over his face, calmly walked into the middle of the group of partygoers as he selected his target before firing his automatic pistol. Dunne had his back to the gunman but turned as the bullets struck him, before falling.

The gunman's accomplice, who was armed with a revolver, fired a warning shot into the air. The pair returned to the car, which sped away immediately.

Last night investigating officers were closely examining footage taken from CCTV cameras in the premises in an effort to identify those involved in the shooting.

Detectives were also trying to identify those who left the pub before they could be interviewed by gardai. Investigators are drawing up a list of possible suspects but admit that at this stage of their inquiries it includes a lot of names.


Dunne had been responsible for a reign of terror in Dublin's gangland since he took charge of the remnants of the drug trafficking and armed robbery gang, after the murder of its former leader, Martin "Marlo" Hyland in a house in Finglas in December 2006.

Among the suspects are members of rival gangs in the northern and western sides of the capital, particularly those whose accomplices were shot dead on Dunne's instructions.

Dunne had been given several warnings by the gardai that his life was in danger as a result of intelligence indicating that some of those gangs were seeking revenge for the murders.

He had been most recently connected to the murders of a drug-trafficking Traveller, John Paul Joyce, whose body was found at the back of Dublin airport in January. His victims also included some of his associates including Graham McNally, who was murdered last year; and a man who was ordered to shoot Michael "Roly" Cronin in the north inner city in January 2009 and has not been seen since.

The trawl for the likely mastermind behind the shooting is also extending overseas and includes a "major league" Irish drug trafficker, who is responsible for sending large shipments for the market here from mainland Europe.

- Tom Brady Security Editor

Irish Independent

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Who shot Ireland's No 1 gang boss?

Sunday Tribune

Eamon 'the Don' Dunne was so universally hated 'literally anyone' could have killed him, say gardaí
Mick McCaffrey and Ali Bracken
Eamon Dunne: believed to have ordered 17 murders Gardaí have identified at least a dozen suspects in the murder of Eamon 'the Don' Dunne, the most notorious figure in Irish gangland history, who was shot dead on Friday night.
The 34-year-old was shot eight times as he sat in a pub in Cabra, Dublin, at around 10pm. His 17-year-old daughter was with him and witnessed the attack, which was captured on CCTV. Dunne was aware his life was in danger and had received at least 10 warnings about his personal safety from gardaí over the last two years.
He is thought to have personally ordered 17 gangland murders since 2005 and has been the gardaí's number one target for several years.
Dunne was part of the gang that murdered Latvian mother Baiba Saulite in November 2006 and also had his boss, Martin 'Marlo' Hyland, killed the following month.
He then took over the Finglas-based drugs gang and ruthlessly expanded his empire across the capital since then, stepping on the toes of several major gangland players.
The fact he was prepared to murder his own gang associates because of suspicions they might have been plotting against him added to his reputation as a ruthless hothead who would shoot first and ask questions later.
It is not thought Friday's murder will lead to any retaliation because Dunne was so despised among fellow criminals and brought so much garda attention to the underworld with the number of murders he organised.
Senior gardaí are privately expressing relief about the murder as it will reduce tensions among criminals across Dublin who feared they might be singled out by the paranoid Dunne.
Dunne was due to face trial later this year for the attempted robbery of a cash-in-transit van in Celbridge, Co Kildare, in November 2007. As well as drug dealing and armed robberies, Dunne and his gang were involved in protection rackets and ran the doors of pubs and nightclubs across west Dublin.
A source said: "Usually when you have a serious gangland player shot dead it almost immediately becomes clear who was responsible. The problem with Dunne is that he was universally hated and literally anyone could have done it. People are making comparisons to the Simpsons episode 'Who Shot Mr Burns?' because there are so many suspects, including his own gang. It will probably take weeks before things become clear."
The main line of initial inquiry being pursued is that associates of Michael "Roly" Cronin and James Maloney, who were both shot dead in a double murder in January 2009, may have murdered Dunne in a revenge assassination. But detectives simply do not know at the moment.
April 25, 2010

'He was the worst we've seen... He had it coming

Sunday Tribune

Few will mourn the murder of Eamon Dunne, the country's most feared criminal, whose ascent up the gangland hierarchy was marked by paranoia and extreme violence. Ali Bracken and Mick McCaffrey report on the death of 'The Don'
Eamon Dunne: shot eight times in the head at a pub in Cabra on Friday night
Scene where Eamon Dunne was shot in the head eight times
Baiba Sauiite: gunned down
1 2 3 SHORTLY after the shots rang out just after 10pm on Friday night, ending the life of the country's most notorious gangland criminal, hundreds of people gathered outside the north Dublin pub where he was murdered. 'The Don' was dead, and the public post mortem about who could have ordered his murder began in earnest.
Gardaí from five different stations as well as locals from Cabra and Finglas descended upon the scene of his murder, Fassaugh House in Cabra. Some of the gathering crowd were elated by the news of the criminal's murder; others were openly mourning his death.
Thirty-four-year-old Eamon Dunne's murder was no surprise. Senior gardaí had repeatedly warned Dunne about threats to his life. The criminal was cautious about his own personal safety; he often wore a bulletproof vest and had minders whose sole job was to protect him. But a bulletproof vest and bodyguards couldn't protect him from getting shot in the head and face eight times at close range in a pub on a busy Friday night.
Dunne was the country's most ruthless and dangerous criminal. He was a man with no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. He seriously assaulted his girlfriend several years ago but she later withdrew her complaint because she was so afraid of him. He also murdered one of his closest associates over unfounded fears he was plotting against him. Dunne was hated by the vast majority of the criminal underworld. He was trigger-happy, unpredictable and paranoid. He brought unwanted garda attention to criminals all over the country by the sheer volume of murders he arranged. He had ordered 17 killings since 2005.
The Finglas native was public enemy number one for gardaí. He was a major focus of the new anti-gangland legislation. Detectives were pursuing him for directing a criminal organisation, which carries a maximum life sentence. His death will not prevent gardaí from pursuing the rest of his Finglas-based gang under the new legislation.
Dunne was a serious criminal for much of his adult life but came to prominence when he helped arrange the murder of his boss, drug trafficker Martin 'Marlo' Hyland, in December 2006. He arranged his killing in order to take over the sale and supply of heroin and cocaine in the north Dublin area. Hyland was murdered after suspicions emerged that he was a garda informant because detectives had seized millions of euro worth of drugs from the gang. Most of the other people Dunne ordered murdered were killed within a two-year period, four of them within four months.
Dunne's killing spree over the past two years was his attempt to use violence to assert his authority, but ultimately showed his lack of control.
In the last 18 months of his life, he no longer trusted any member of his own gang. It was only a matter of time before he was assassinated. Gardaí knew it and Eamon Dunne knew it.
When he ordered the murder of his closest lieutenant Graham McNally last January because of his intense paranoia, the writing was on the wall about his own fate. He had McNally killed when he learned that gardaí stopped a man with a gun close to the scene of a planned meeting that McNally had brokered with one of Dunne's enemies. He then ordered that McNally, a close friend as well as criminal ally, be shot in the head near Ashbourne, Co Meath, to ensure that he couldn't change sides.
Dunne had been in control of Hyland's criminal empire for less than four years before his own demise. He showed similar characteristics to his heroin trafficker boss – extreme mistrust of criminal associates matched with an ambition to be the country's richest and most feared criminal. Within those four years he ordered the murder of several up-and-coming drug dealers he considered were becoming too successful.
Dunne showed great skill in avoiding serious criminal convictions. He had only a couple of District Court convictions against his name. A large number of cases against him have been struck out.
But had a gunman not caught up with Dunne on Friday night, the law most likely would have. He was out on bail awaiting trial on a charge of conspiring to rob €1m from a cash and transit van outside a Tesco supermarket in Celbridge, Co Kildare, in November 2007.
Although he had many enemies, Dunne was keenly aware that he also needed allies within the criminal underworld. He was close to the gang led by jailed rapist Christy Griffin in Dublin's north-inner city, and had also forged alliances with 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's gang in Crumlin and was close to the Dundon-McCarthy mob in Limerick.
Highly intelligent
He was also a highly intelligent criminal. Well aware of his legal rights, every time he was stopped by gardaí he recorded the conversations on a dictaphone he always carried with him and took photos on a digital camera. He always took the gardaí's identification numbers and threatened to report them to the garda ombudsman for harassment.
He became the butt of jokes among some of his associates when gardaí discovered Viagra in his BMW during searches on several occasions. He also reported several journalists to the garda ombudsman, accusing them of colluding with senior gardaí to have him murdered. After court appearances, he followed photographers and journalists and took note of their cars' registration plates in order to intimidate them. He was also astute enough to try and bribe gardaí to find out intelligence about his enemies. Internal garda enquiries are under way to establish how successful he was at corrupting gardaí.
Detectives regarded Dunne as a violent sociopath who was capable of anything. He was considered more dangerous even than the McCarthy-Dundons in Limerick, who at least live their lives to a certain criminal code. Not so with Dunne.
He first raised eyebrows among gardaí when he was stopped at a checkpoint and a man was found bound and gagged in the boot of his car. Charges against him were later dropped because this man was too terrified to give evidence against him. As well as assaulting his girlfriend, he had a history of violence against other women and had no qualms about arranging the murder of Latvian mother-of-two Baiba Saulite.
This weekend, gangland criminals are quietly celebrating the death of Ireland's most notorious crime boss. Although many of them had working relationships with him, no-one trusted Eamon Dunne because of how quickly he could turn on his associates. Detectives have not ruled out that a member of Dunne's own gang could have organised the killing.
Senior gardaí who came into contact with Dunne are also breathing a collective sigh of relief. "Quite simply, he was the worst we've ever seen in terms of body counts and propensity for violence and mayhem," said a source. "Plain and simple, he had it coming."
For people to rejoice in someone's death seems callous. But the suffering Eamon Dunne inflicted in his short life justifies the celebrations of his victims' families. It's likely the only people who will truly mourn the death of Eamon Dunne will be members of his own family.
Body count Eamon Dunne's bloody trail of terror
1) Andrew Dillon (29), from Berryfield Road in Finglas, Dublin, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head in August 2005. His murder was the first Dunne is believed to have ordered. The small-time criminal fell foul of the rising crime boss over a drugs debt.
2) Drug trafficker Martin 'Marlo' Hyland was murdered in December 2006 by Dunne and two of his criminal associates. Hyland was Dunne's boss. He arranged his killing in order to take over the sale and supply of heroin and cocaine in the north Dublin area.
3) Innocent apprentice plumber Anthony Campbell was murdered alongside Hyland as he was fixing a radiator in the house where Hyland was hiding out in Finglas.
4) Latvian mother-of-two Baiba Saulite (28) was gunned down outside her home in November 2006. Dunne arranged for her to be murdered on behalf of her estranged husband, Hassan Hassan.
5) John Daly (27), the criminal who became infamous after phoning Liveline from his prison cell, was shot dead in October 2007.
6) Career criminal Paul 'Farmer' Martin (30) was shot in the head and stomach at the Jolly Toper pub in Church Street, Dublin, in August 2008.
7) Graham McNally (34), from Finglas, formerly a close associate, was shot dead in January 2009.

8 & 9) Michael 'Roly' Cronin (35) and James Maloney (26), were shot dead in a car in Summerhill, Dublin, also in January 2009.
10) The gunman Dunne arranged to carry out the double murder fled to Spain in the aftermath of the killings. Christy Gilroy, in his early 30s and from Sean O'Casey Avenue, Dublin, left vital evidence behind at the scene. Dunne later tracked him down to Spain and he is missing, presumed murdered.
11) Michael Murray (41) was shot in the head at Kippure Park, Finglas, in March 2009.
12) Paul Smyth (34), from Finglas, was killed and dumped near Balbriggan, Dublin, in June 2009.
13) David Thomas (43) was shot dead outside the Drake Inn pub in Finglas in October 2009.
14) John Paul Joyce (30), the drug-trafficking Traveller, was murdered and his body dumped at the back of Dublin Airport in January 2010. He was involved in a long-running feud with Dunne and his Finglas gang.
15,16 & 17) Eamon Dunne arranged to have three other men murdered but people are currently before the courts so the cases cannot be revealed for legal reasons.
25th April 2010