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Byline: AAKANKSHA SURVE and AILBHE DALY

City council employee in extortion probe arrest A MAN working for Dublin City Council has been arrested as part of an ongoing extortion probe.

The employee, who is in his 60s, was detained in relation to a Garda investigation into a campaign targeting council workers and builders.

In October, it emerged mobsters Derek "Dee Dee" O'Driscoll, 46, and his 36-year-old hardman enforcer David Reilly were paid more than [euro]500,000 to provide security for three building firms across West Dublin.

The council employee who was arrested was detained at Clondalkin Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Senior security sources previously said "Mafia-like rackets" are rife in the north and west of the capital, as well as parts of the inner city.

The scandal was exposed in October when the High Court ruled [euro]250,000 in a number of bank accounts linked to O'Driscoll and Reilly were the proceeds of crime.

The money was seized by the CAB in a major victory.

The High Court heard the three firms, one working for the City Council, paid [euro]1,200 to [euro]1,500 a week to O'Driscoll.

It emerged officials urged protection be paid after a spate of attacks on sites in 2016 and 2017.

There is no suggestion the companies who paid the criminals were involved in any wrongdoing.

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Author:AAKANKSHA SURVE and AILBHE DALY
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2019
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