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Previous FG Justice Ministers praise Gardaí in their worldwide battle against organised crime gang

12th April 2022 - Fine Gael Press Office

Today’s international developments against a major Irish crime gang are the culmination of a long running and high profile garda operation supported by Fine Gael in tackling organised crime.

Former Ministers for Justice, Deputy Charlie Flanagan, and MEP Frances Fitzgerald, praised An Garda Síochána in their ongoing efforts to ensure members of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group are held to account.

In an unprecedented move, the US has put up a $5 million reward for key information leading to the notorious Kinahan gang being dismantled.

Both Deputy Flanagan and MEP Fitzgerald said today’s announcement by joint Irish, American, UK and EU police and security forces will have an absolute devastating effect on the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.

An Garda Síochána have and always will receive investment and full support from Fine Gael when it comes to tackling organised crime and criminal gangs. Fine Gael is committed to building Stronger, Safer Communities.

The two Fine Gael politicians also praised their successor, Minister Helen McEntee for her work.

Deputy Flanagan said, “Today’s announcement from authorities across the world highlights years of work by An Garda Síochána in their ongoing operation to bring some of the most prolific members of the international crime world to justice.

“The strength of this joint action from organisations on three separate continents will go a long way in tackling the activities of the Kinahan gang. The sanctions placed on the group will greatly limit their ability to continue to operate internationally by prohibiting banks and financial institutions from trading with members of the group and their affiliated businesses.

MEP Fitzgerald said, “Organised crime gangs exploit some of the most vulnerable members of society. They are a scourge on communities and economies across the world, and today’s actions demonstrate the international community’s commitment to curb their influence and impact.

“They brought death, murder and mayhem to Irish streets – most notably in our capital city which I am proud to represent. We will always stand against them and stand with our State.

“Fine Gael is the party of law and order, committed to creating stronger and safer communities through continued investment in our police force. Budget 2022 provided an unprecedented €2 billion in funding to An Garda Síochána, allowing for the recruitment of an extra 800 Gardaí and 400 Garda staff this year.

“Today’s developments show our commitment to An Garda Síochána has paid off, and I look forward to seeing the Kinahan group being held to account and brought to justice,” MEP Fitzgerald said.

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