North Dublin home turned ‘drug cartel HQ’ as local community bullied

A family home in north Dublin has been turned into the “headquarters of a drug cartel” in recent weeks after people living there were intimidated, a TD told the Dáil.

Fianna Fáil TD Paul McAuliffe described petrol-bombed homes in the area, threats made by gangs on social media, with the local community “wondering what’s next”.

Mr McAuliffe, who represents Dublin North-West, which covers the Finglas, Ballymun, Whitehall and Santry areas, noted that ‘another person’ was murdered in his constituency over the weekend which was being reported as a “gang assassination”.

James Whelan (29), father of a child, was found shot dead on Sunday morning in a street in Finglas.

“This follows weeks in which other people have been murdered following the discharge of an illegal firearm,” Mr McAuliffe said on Tuesday.

“We’ve had homes that have been bombed with petrol or engaged in arson, we’ve had a kidnapping, we’ve had social media platforms that are used to issue threats by rival gangs.

“We had a family home where people were bullied so that house could be turned into a drug cartel HQ with the modernization of bulletproof glass and CCTV.

“There are a lot of people in my community wondering what happens to them next with these kinds of rival gangs.”

Mr McAuliffe asked the Taoiseach if he could raise the issues with the Garda Commissioner and said ‘more resources would benefit’.

Mr Martin thanked the TD for ‘so vividly articulating the horrors of what is happening in certain places in the city’ and called Mr Whelan’s murder ‘shocking’.

He said that at government level “we will do everything we can”, while gardaí and the Minister of Justice were doing everything they could “to eradicate this crime”.