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31st Oct 2023

Gardaí stopped 80 attempted assassinations over 7 years, according to new report

Katy Thornton

This annual report was released today.

The number of assassinations thwarted since 2016 by An Garda Síochána has been revealed in their latest annual report for last year, released on Tuesday, October 31.

Gardaí have thwarted 80 attempted assassinations in the last seven years, according to the report. While no further detail was given by Gardaí, the number is significant enough to make it into their annual highlights.

Further highlights in the report for 2022 include over €57m worth of drugs and almost €4m cash seized, as well as Garda Dog Unit detection dogs assisting in 368 searches.

The report also highlights improvements made in 2022, which include:

  • Over 10,200 Gardaí being able to access critical information on the move through a mobility application
  • The biggest fleet in the organisation’s history
  • The new Garda uniform based on demand from front-line Gardaí for a more practical and modern uniform
  • The roll-out of new technology systems such as the Investigation Management System, and the Roster and Duty Management System
  • New and refurbished stations and offices

Garda annual report marks centenary year of the force

A spokesperson for the gardaí said that 2022 saw the organisation “make major advances in preventing and detecting crime, protecting national security, and supporting our people in their vital work.”

The report highlights the cross-organisation enforcement measures to tackle the Kinahan crime gang, alongside law enforcement partners from the US, UK and Europe.

The Garda’s analysis of domestic, sexual and gender based violence that provided data and insights to help to further improve prevention and detection in this area, and supports for victims, was also highlighted.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said:

“2022 marked An Garda Síochána’s centenary, it was a year of reflection and thanks for the organisation.

“It was also an opportunity to thank to all Garda personnel – both serving and retired – who have shown such commitment to protecting and supporting people and communities since 1922 and their families for supporting them in work that can be physically and mentally demanding.”

“While all our centenary activity demonstrated how we have evolved over the 100 years to meet the changing needs of society, it also showed how we remained true to our core value of policing not by force of arms or numbers, but on our moral authority as servants of the people.”

This article originally appeared on JOE 

Header image via Getty


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