Roscommon/Longford has the highest number of targets under investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau in the highest figure in the west.

That’s according to new figures from the Sunday Independent, which show the Galway has 21, Mayo has 7 targets under investigation, Sligo/Leitrim has 17, and Roscommon/Leitrim has 24.

Today’s report shows that over 1,300 people or organisations are under investigation nationwide.

Mayo and Cork North had the least amount of investigations.

The figures come after the Criminal Assets Bureau told the High Court last Tuesday that ‘security’ or ‘protection money’ was being paid to gangland figures to allow social housing be built in Cherry Orchard in West Dublin

CAB is continuing its investigations of protection rackets while the Government announced an independent investigation into the extortion at Cherry Orchard.

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