Bullets and loaded gun found during wasteland search

by Sylvia Pownall
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Residents in west Dublin are demanding more policing following the discovery of a loaded gun and bullets on waste ground in Blanchardstown at the weekend.

A pistol, a silencer, shotgun cartridges and bullets were recovered during a garda search carried out as part of an ongoing investigation targeting feuding gangs.

Gardai and members of the Defence Forces carried out the search on waste ground in the vicinity of Riversdale Community College and the Blanchardstown campus of Technological University Dublin.

In April, Riversdale went into lockdown after gun shots were discharged outside the school gates just as students were about to leave the grounds.

Gardai are also investigating a petrol bomb attack on a house at Sheephill Avenue in Corduff at the weekend which they believe is linked to the ongoing feud between gangs based in Corduff and Finglas.

The house was unoccupied at the time of the incident at around 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon and no injuries were reported. A house in the same estate was shot at 10 days previously, and gardai are now investigating if both these incidents are linked.

During last Friday’s search, a loaded Makarov 9mm pistol with silencer was found. At a separate location, the search team discovered nine shotgun cartridges and four 9mm bullets.

Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) is calling for extra garda resources and says while people welcome the efforts of the gardai and the Defence Forces, they feel it’s not enough.

He said: “They want to see more gardai on the streets. They want to see more action taken against these criminals. They want gardai more visible and they want to see them engaging with the community.”

Superintendent Liam Carolan of Blanchardstown Garda Station said: “This is the second joint operation carried out by gardai from Blanchardstown, assisted by the Defence Forces, in which firearms have been recovered.”

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