Hello to all all.....
As i see nobody reports the ongoing Gang Wars in Dublin north inner city (Sheriff st/North Wall, south inner city (Crumlin/Drimnagh) or west of the city, as a forum member and somebody who reads the info posted on here i see it as somebodies duty to do so
Many of the US and UK Irish may not be aware of the ongoing gang wars. I as recently as last summer, lost an old friend to one of these gangs/filth/scumbags or whatever you want to call them, and i feel its my duty to make more people aware of the scum that get away with murdering inocent fathers on our Dublin streets.
BACKROUND to the NORTH INNER CITY feud
BACKGROUND: DUBLIN’S SHERIFF Street gangland feud began when Christie Griffin, the head of a major organised crime gang in Dublin’s north inner city, was accused of repeatedly raping a young girl over an eight-year period.
When the allegations surfaced back in 2003 they caused a split in Griffin’s drugs and armed robbery gang. One side of the large crime syndicate remained loyal to their leader while another group, including Saturday’s murder victim Aiden Byrne, believed the victim’s allegations and turned against Griffin. When gangland criminals fall out the results are usually catastrophic and this gang war has proven no different.
In October 2005 shots were fired into Griffin’s home in Ridgewood Green, Swords – where he had moved from Cannon Lillis Avenue, Dublin – wounding him in the arm. In revenge the home of the woman raped by Griffin was shot at.
In November 2006, a hand grenade was thrown into Griffin’s house, exploding. Another was then thrown into a relative’s house but it failed to go off.
In December 2006, as Griffin’s trial for rape approached, the feud tensions were at an all-time high resulting in two murders.
Gerard Batt-Byrne (25) of Ferryman’s Crossing, Dublin, was shot dead in the IFSC on December 13th. He was a rival of Griffin’s and a first cousin of Aiden Byrne.
Two weeks later a gunman crept into a house on Oriel Street and shot Stephen Ledden (28) in the head as he lay on a sofa. He was shot by mistake by a killer targeting another man thought to be behind Batt-Byrne’s murder.
In January 2007, Griffin was convicted of rape and jailed for life but the feud violence continued.
In April 2008, Anthony Russell (30), Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore, was gunned down as he sat drinking with friends in the Ardlea Inn, Artane. Russell was close to Griffin and was believed to have been involved in the killing of Gerard Batt-Byrne.
Gardaí last year foiled a murder attempt linked to the feud and a number of men await trial in relation to that incident.
Some of those involved in the feud have threatened to kill gardaí in the past. That threat was made in the wake of the shooting dead by members of the force of two raiders in an attempted post office robbery in Lusk, Co Dublin, in May 2005.
One of those killed was Colm Griffin, a brother of Christie Griffin.
The threat to kill gardaí was taken so seriously that Garda witnesses at the inquest into the deaths of the two shot in Lusk were allowed to give evidence from behind a screen. In an unprecedented move, airport-style security was put in place at Dublin’s Coroner’s Court and armed gardaí were stationed on the roof.
Dublin murder 'linked to feud'
Gardaí are questioning a man arrested following the weekend murder of a Dublin gangland figure.
Gardaí studying the complex criminal background of the country’s latest gangland murder victim in a bid to establish a motive for his killing.
The dead man, Aiden Byrne (32), was a convicted rapist and heavily involved in a gangland feud in his local community around Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city.
Gardaí believe Byrne’s murder, the seventh gun killing this year, is most likely linked to that feud.
The first victim of the Sheriff Street feud was Byrne’s first cousin Gerard Batt-Byrne, who was gunned down in the IFSC just over three years ago.
However, Garda sources said Aiden Byrne had been involved in a number of very violent incidents in recent times and all of these would be checked as a possible motive for his murder.
A fortnight ago he was badly slashed with a knife while briefly remanded in prison on robbery charges. He was left needing dozens of stitches for his face and body wounds. He had also recently been arrested while carrying a gun outside the home of the leader of a notorious rival drugs gang in Finglas, north Dublin.
Last year he survived an attempt on his life when shot at by gangland rivals in Fairview Park, north Dublin.
In 1998, aged 19, he raped two women who were working as prostitutes in a brothel in Dublin’s city centre. When one of the women refused to have intercourse with Byrne, who was on drugs at the time, he raped two of them.
Last November the unemployed Byrne was charged with handling stolen electrical goods worth over €15,000. He was also involved in the drugs trade and was a suspected armed robber.
Byrne, a father of one from Oriel Street, Dublin 1, was shot at least eight times in the upper body on Saturday night in the attack on Drumalee Avenue just off the North Circular Road.
He was driven to the area by an associate in a grey Toyota Corolla. A short time after the driver got out of the car a gunman approached and opened fire on Byrne through the passenger-side window. Byrne, who knew his life was under threat and regularly wore a bullet proof vest, was riddled with the rounds from what gardaí believe was a semi-automatic weapon. He was taken by ambulance to the Mater hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Garda sources said the killing was well planned and that those responsible clearly had information about Byrne’s movements.
A man in his 20s from the north inner city was arrested yesterday and was taken to Dublin’s Bridewell Garda station for questioning.
Gardaí believe the arrested man knew Byrne and that he was at or near the scene of the murder. They did not think he was the gunman.
The gunman was seen running down a laneway leading to Drumalee Park and from there on to Aughrim Street. He is described as being between tall and of thin build. He was wearing a grey hoody-style top and jeans or a grey tracksuit bottoms.
Supt John Gilligan said the investigating team was looking for anybody who may have been in the vicinity of Drumalee Park, Drumalee Avenue, Prussia Street or Aughrim Street at the time of the killing to contact them.
There was a “good community spirit” in Drumalee Avenue and he was hopeful locals would co-operate with the investigation.
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