Flanagan 'greatly disturbed' over protection money

Dublin City Council has begun an investigation into the payment of protection money to two violent criminals so council houses could be built in West Dublin in 2016 and 2017 |

09/10/2019 16:25:00

Dublin City Council has begun an investigation into the payment of protection money to two violent criminals so council houses could be built in West Dublin in 2016 and 2017 |

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he's 'greatly disturbed' at reports that officials from Dublin City Council were aware and recommended that protection money be paid to two criminals so council houses could be built in west Dublin.

Speaking at the post Budget press briefing, he acknowledged the role of the Criminal Assets Bureau saying this was another success on their part.He said there are court proceedings under way and he is restricted on what he can say in relation to the case.

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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 city council paid between €1,200 and €1,500 a week to Derek 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll from Croftwood Grove and "his enforcer" David Reilly from nearby Croftwood Park to prevent the sites and construction staff from being attacked.

Over €250,000 in the men's bank accounts has been declared the proceeds of crime and confiscated by the Criminal Assets Bureau, along with a mobile home and a horsebox.A CAB officer told the court that council officials told the builders that the two men were "providing security" and "making sure there were no problems" at the sites.

Dublin City Council said it is investigating the matter.Mr Flanagan said today: "I am greatly disturbed at reports that the county council have been in some way complicit in arrangements which would appear to be totally unacceptable."I look forward to receiving further reports on this issue and I trust that if there are any criminal investigations that they would continue apace for and on behalf of the Garda Síochána and other agencies involved."

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said he "cannot condone" the idea of protection payments to criminal figures to allow construction.He said he was been assured by Dublin City Council that they are investing the claims."If these claims are accurate I cannot condone this activity", he said.

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Oh good, insp. Frank Drebin is on the case 😳. This is an absolute joke. The State paying protection money to known criminals. Heads have to roll here. Don’t know why shock being expressed about this. Ask any building contractor in Limerick about it. The council is involved with these types of people you can tell just by looking at what families are allocated houses before anyone else and wherever they like. And I mean every member of the large extented family. Corruptcouncil noshame

Gives a whole new meaning to the term 'Development Charges' on planning conditions. Lots of brave keyboard warriors, lets see how you react when faced with violent criminals. Is anyone shocked 😳 city councillors ? Arms crossed, self protection - he already knew. Anyone surprised at this level of collusion with criminal figures are choosing to live in fantasy land.

Cowards countryboy606 Dublin city council knew of the agreed payments in 2016, its a bit rich that that have no comment or statement in late 2019. The money was additional to the contract and needed high level sign off. And they dare to mention what it cost for Trump visit as well as schools going to food banks , sham on these people , this money given to these criminals ''could have went to better use ?

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