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Ireland Dublin City Council officials 'told builders to pay criminal protection money', court hears

00:35  10 october  2019
00:35  10 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Yesterday the High Court heard that Officials from Dublin City Council were aware and recommended that protection money be paid to two violent criminals so that council houses could be built in west Dublin in 2016 and 2017. The court heard that three building firms working for the

On Tuesday the High Court heard the council was paying “security” money to the leader of a Dublin drugs gang, and also to a man who was connected to three The High Court was told that “an official of Dublin City Council ” informed Adston that the council had employed O’Driscoll and Reilly to carry

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It is alleged that Dublin City Council officials recommended that protection money be paid over to a notorious gangster.

The High Court was told that three building firms working for the city council paid between €1,200 and €1,500 a week to violent criminal Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll.

It is also alleged that two officials from Dublin City council recommended that the builders get in contact with the gangster and one even facilitated a meeting with O’Driscoll, who has 20 convictions.

Officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) told the High Court that both men are part of a criminal organisation involved in serious crime and the supply of heroin, cocaine and cannabis in Ballyfermot and west Dublin.

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Dublin City Council was paying “security” or protection money to the leader of a Dublin drugs gang, and also to a man who was connected to three murders, the High Court has heard . The court was also told on Tuesday that two council workers suggested to construction companies they use the services

A High Court hearing yesterday heard that a known criminal and his associate are alleged to have extorted money from companies, including one building houses for Dublin City Council , by offering them protection from anti-social behaviour in return for thousands of euro per week.

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The court was told that the three construction companies building houses for Dublin City Council and Co-Operative Housing Ireland had their sites and staff attacked.

A CAB officer told how the officials from Dublin City Council recommended to the builders that they hire O’Driscoll and Reilly for protection.

Another builder was told that €1,200 a week to be paid in cash each week in protection money could be reclaimed from the council.

Fine Gael Councillor Danny Byrne has called for a special meeting with the Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan.

He described the disclosures as “outrageous” and demanded to know who authorised the payments and how much was involved.

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A KNOWN CRIMINAL and his associate are alleged to have extorted money from companies, including one building houses for Dublin City Council , by Mr O’Driscoll and Mr Reilly denied involvement in criminality and John Noonan BL, on their behalf, told the court that the money was legitimately

Three building companies, including one building houses for Dublin City Council , paid thousands of euro in protection money to a drug dealer and his enforcer. The High Court declared today that over €250,000 the Criminal Assets Bureau seized from Derek O'Driscoll of Croftwood Grove in Ballyfermot.

He said: “These very serious revelations are extremely alarming and raise many questions.”

Dublin City Council said there is an investigation underway and they will release a statement shortly.

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