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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Criminal Gangs

This year
Seven men arrested in Garda operation targeting criminal gangs in Mayo and Galway
They have been detained for offences including serious assault, violent disorder, possession of weapons and drug offences.
All time
Irish criminal gang involved in selling fake Covid-negative papers
There have been several arrests around Europe.
People warned of consequences of becoming 'money mules' after 30 arrests by gardaí
Young people in particular are being targeted by criminal organisations.
Four men arrested in Drogheda as part of ongoing operation targeting rival gangs
Local garda units were assisted by members of the gardaí armed support unit.
Three dead after drive-by shooting in Swedish city of Malmo
Sweden’s justice minister called the shootings an “abominable crime”.
Man (33) due in court in connection with human trafficking by criminal gangs
An investigation into human trafficking of Polish nationals by organised criminal groups for sexual exploitation began in February 2012.
Some officers 'turning a blind eye' to growth of criminal gangs in prisons
The Irish Prison Service is being blamed for the growth of criminal gangs in Irish jails.
Abusers streaming child sex abuse footage through video chat apps
Criminal gangs are recruiting disadvantaged children or their own children for the abuse, according to a disturbing new report from Europol.
Are there pimps living in your community?
A new campaign is urging members of the public to report any suspicions they have about sexual exploitation in their local area.
Criminal gang crackdown continues in Waterford with four more arrests
A total of 12 people have now been arrested as part of the operation, with seven released without charge.
'Unscrupulous pub owners' selling dangerous counterfeit alcohol
A spokesperson for Revenue said there has been an increase in seizures of counterfeit alcohol this year and there are considerable risks involved for those drinking it.
Interpol seize fake goods worth more than €100 million
Fake shampoo, cigarettes, beer and counterfeit clothing and DVDs were just a few items discovered in one of the agency’s largest operations ever conducted.
Two released in Eamon Kelly murder investigation, four still being held
Four people – three men and one woman – remain in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of the criminal gang boss last Tuesday.
Revenue's cigarette haul is third largest seizure in the history of the State
The Revenue Commissioners said that it would take a number of months before any prosecutions would be brought forward after 38 million cigarettes, worth nearly €15 million, were seized yesterday.
FF propose 10-year jail sentences for 'tiger kidnappings'
The party’s Chief Whip said his own family had experienced a tiger kidnapping “first hand” – and that he did not wish to see others suffer the same ordeal.
Column: These arrests won’t tackle the root causes of crime in Limerick
On Limerick’s estates, crime is being spurred by pressing social problems – and they’re not going away, writes sociologist Niamh Hourigan.
Criminals are trafficking young footballers to fix matches, says FIFA
Football chiefs believe that players are being imported to Europe and South America to participate in criminal scams.