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Organized Crime

Irish deploy military-style checkpoints to suppress gang war

Ireland's police force deployed military-style road checkpoints Tuesday as the government announced toughened measures to try to prevent a gang war in Dublin from claiming more lives.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said a 55-member armed police unit would be created for Dublin in hopes of suppressing what she called an "evil and sinister cycle of gangland violence."

The move is significant in a country where police typically patrol unarmed. It was announced at an emergency meeting with police chiefs following Monday night's killing of a brother of Gerry "The Monk" Hutch, a gang chieftain credited with directing many of Ireland's most famous bank...