Northern Ireland

Dublin city: Thirty arrested in drugs crackdown

Irish police have arrested 30 people in an operation targeting the the sale and supply of drugs in Dublin.

More than 100 police officers have been taking part in the ongoing Operation Tempest which is expected to result in 45 people being charged.

The operation follows six months of intelligence-gathering on people dealing in cocaine, heroin and other drugs.

The suspects are due to appear in court on Thursday.

The arrests were made following searches in the north inner city area of Dublin over recent days.

A police spokesman said the operation was a direct response to community concerns expressed during door-to-door contact since January.

"To date more than 8,000 residents have been interviewed by community gardai in an effort to provide a more community-focused customer-centred approach to policing in the area," he said.