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Posted: Aug 13 2009, 05:00 PM


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Crime is down in Limerick City


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Crime is down in Limerick in first six months of 2009


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Published Date: 12 August 2009
By Anne Sheridan
NEARLY 500 fewer criminal offences were recorded in the Limerick division in the second quarter of this year, figures compiled by Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal.
In the first three months of this year 7,936 criminal offences were recorded, which decreased to 7,438 in the months of April, May and June.

The figure represents a 6.3 per cent decrease in crime within just six months of one year, which gardai be
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lieve may be due to a number of key factors.

Compared to the first six months of 2008, there is an overall decrease of 131 offences.

Superintendent Frank O'Brien, Henry Street garda station, denied that this was a small decrease in crime given the number of extra gardai that have been deployed to Limerick.

There are now more than 600 gardaí in the Limerick division, which covers the city and county and a small area of south-east Clare.

"It's all relative. It's a significant figure. You have to think that figure represents at least 131 victims who haven't been affected by crime. There's a lot of bad news out there at the moment, and people think that with the downturn in the economy there's going to be an increase in crime. But these figures show it's not all doom and gloom," said Supt O'Brien.

Over 1,000 offences in each quarter refer to thefts and related offences, while damage to property accounted for over 800 cases in the first quarter.

Criminal damage, public order, and disorderly conduct also featured prominently in the list of offences.

There were 59 liquor licensing offences at the start of the year, which decreased to 47 offences in recent months.

Supt O'Brien added that there has also been a drop from 33 to 16 shootings between January and June due to the deployment of more gardaí and a number of operations in certain parts of the city.

He said the drop in the illegal discharge of firearms may be due to the number of people who have been sentenced by the courts, as well as the deployment of the Regional Support Unit (RSU).

The RSU and the Emergency Response Unit have been deployed to specific areas of Limerick where shootings occur most frequently. Supt O'Brien said an operation code-named Oilean, launched in St Mary's Park and Thomondgate, was also very successful, where they were targeting people involved in drugs offences, road traffic offences, burglaries and identifying owners of horses who allowed them to roam loose.

"We have had a lot of meetings with local residents and public representatives about this, and people are now a lot more comfortable in their homes," he said.

Another operation to target a spate of burglaries in city suburbs also led to a significant drop in the number of break-ins, with Operation Focus resulting in the arrest and imprisonment of a number of known burglars.
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A LIMERICKMAN who was last week charged with more than 20 road traffic offences has been remanded in custody until Wednesday morning after breaching a condition of bail.
John Dundon, 29, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning, having broken one of a number of bail conditions set down by Judge Tom O'Donnell at Limerick District Court last Wednesday, after being charged with 20 motoring offences - including driving with no insurance last month.

These included surrendering any passport he holds, keeping a nightly curfew between 11pm and 8am, and residing at 80, Hyde Road in Ballinacurra Weston.

At a special sitting of Limerick District Court this Sunday morning, an application was made to have his bail conditions revoked. The application was granted by Judge O'Donnell. No more charges were brought forward.

Dundon will now appear before Limerick District Court on Wednesday morning at 10:30am.
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Published Date: 29 September 2009
A MAN in his twenties has been arrested this Tuesday morning by gardai on suspicion of murdering Roy Collins at Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 9.
The suspect was arrested at 8.55am in Meelick, Co Clare and brought to Roxboro Garda Station for questioning.

He is being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held in custody for up to seven days.

Mr Collins was shot dead on April 9 as he repaired a machine at the Coin Castle amusement arcade adjoining the Steering Wheel bar.

A 23-year-old has already been charged with the murder of the 35- year-old.

In July, James Dillon, of no fixed abode, was sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

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Hospital fears over "fued related incidents".


FEARS over a potential gang-related incident have led to the installation of a phone link from one of the country's busiest emergency departments to Henry Street Garda station.
Emergency consultant Dr Cathal O'Donnell told the Limerick Leader that while there have been no major incidents at the A&E in Dooradoyle to date, there have been occasions when the entire department has had to be shut down and the waiting area evacuated.

"I suppose our biggest concern about that (gang related
violence] has always been the safety of our own patients and staff because I know from working in a hospital in Canada, we had a gang-related shooting. The guy didn't die. His assailants heard on the radio he was still alive and went into the hospital to finish the job. For a long time that has been our concern here," said Dr O'Donnell.

Limerick Court heard in March of this year that Ballinacurra Weston criminal Ger Dundon, 22, became involved in a dispute while trying to gain access to the triage area in A&E.

When gardai arrived, a shirtless Dundon was found standing
over man lying on the floor with a cut in his eye. Mr Dundon pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour and was sentenced to two months in prison.

Despite the city's reputation for feud-related violence, Dr O'Donnell said front-line health workers had noticed a decrease in the numbers presenting at A&E with gunshot and other wounds arising from the Limerick feud.
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Pipe Bomb incident


THE boyfriend of a teenager who was caught carrying a pipe bomb in St Mary's Park, presented himself for questioning at Henry Street Garda Station on his 23rd birthday - the day after the explosive device was seized.
William O'Dwyer of Richmond Court, Mount Kennett Place appeared before Limerick District Court where he was charged with possession of a pipe bomb under Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act 1883.

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ation told the court that it will be alleged that gardai on routine patrol in St Mary's Park on Monday, October 26 last, stopped and searched an 18-year-old girl at St Brendan Street. She was found to be in possession of the pipe bomb and arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Sergeant McDonagh said it would be alleged that Mr O'Dwyer volunteered himself for questioning at Henry Street Garda Station the following afternoon.

Loretta Cregan, a community garda based at Mayorstone Garda Station, gave evidence of formally charging the 23-year-old on Thursday.

Solicitor Chris Lynch who was standing in for solicitor John Herbert, said Mr O'Dwyer did not wish to apply for bail and asked for the case to be adjourned until next week.

Sergeant McDonagh confirmed that the State would be objecting to bail if an application is made at the next court sitting.

Judge Tom O'Donnell remanded the accused in custody until Wednesday, November 4.

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Killers will answer for what they done


A PRIEST has told mourners at the funeral mass of a murder victim that the perpetrators will answer for what they have done.
Gardai are continuing to question nine people in relation to the murder of Daniel Fitzgerald who was gunned down at the rear of a cottage near Beary's Cross on the Limerick to Tipperary Road on Tuesday night.

Fr Sean Harmon said there are proper ways of solving disputes and arguments, adding "we must never take the law into our own hands and commit a grave crime".

"No one has the right to take another person's life," Fr Harmon told mourners who gathered at St John's Cathedral this Saturday morning. "The perpetrators of this grave crime will have to answer for what they've done. They've taken this young man's life. They will have to answer to the state. They will have to answer to God. They will have to live with their own pangs of conscience."

Eighty gardai, including members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Garda Technical Bureau, are involved in the murder investigation. Searches for the murder weapon used in the shooting are ongoing, and CCTV footage is being viewed.

Supt Anne Marie McMahon from Roxboro Garda Station, who is heading up the investigation, has said it is being carried out diligently and expeditiously.
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Collopy crime family

A NINETEEN year-old man has been remanded in custody after he appeared in court charged with the murder of Daniel Fitzgerald last week.
Kenneth Collopy, 19, of Kilonan, Ballysimon was arrested last Tuesday less than two hours after the 24-year-old carpenter was shot at a house near Beary's Cross on the main Limerick to Tipperary road.

He was charged with the murder of Mr Fitzgerald at 9.15pm this Monday and brought before a special sitting of Limerick District Court.

Detective Garda David Nolan, Roxboro, told the court Mr Collopy made no reply when he was formally charged at Roxboro Garda Station.

The defendant, who wore a blue and red hoodie, did not speak during the 90-second court hearing.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy granted Mr Collopy free-legal-aid and solicitor John Herbert was assigned to represent him.

The judge granted an application made by Insp Jerry Horan to remand Mr Collopy in custody to Limerick Prison to appear before the same court again via video link on December 17 next.

There was a large garda presence in the vicinity of Limerick Courthouse for the special court sitting.
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Pipe bomb found in City

GARDAI are seeking to establish if a pipe bomb seized in the city last night is linked to the criminal gang suspected of carrying out the killing of Daniel Fitzgerald last week.
Two men and a woman were arrested near Baals Bridge last night after gardai recovered the incendiary device.

They were detained under Section 30 of the Criminal Justice Act at Henry Street Garda Station overnight and were released this morning without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

Meanwhile, a total of ten people have been arrested to date as part of the investigation into the murder of the 24-year-old carpenter.

The latest suspect, a man in his twenties, was arrested on Sunday morning in the King's Island area of the city and is being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act on suspicion of murder.

Four other men and a woman remain in custody in garda stations across Limerick after extension orders were granted at Limerick District Court yesterday.

A 38-year-old woman, two teenage girls, aged 14 and 17, and a 17-year-old boy, who were questioned about the killing were released on Saturday and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to these individuals.
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Published Date: 22 February 2010
AFTER another gun killing in Limerick this morning, the city's mayor, Cllr Kevin Kiely, has called for "selective internment of known criminal gangs.
"It's the only way out of it," he said. "We have to solve this problem in Limerick and across the country.

"We have to have a situation where we have selective internment of known criminal gang members. It's the only way out of it. It was done during the time of the troubles with the Republican parties and I think it should be re-introduced.

"The Guards know who these gang members are in Dublin and in Limerick but these new laws that Dermot Ahern brought in a few months ago after the Collins murder and the Shane Geoghegan murder in Limerick, not one person has been brought before the courts.

"I understand from the Guards they have to build up cases against these people before they can take them to court. I think what should happen is that we should introduce selective internment."

Mayor Kiely was speaking on the Lunchtime with Eamonn Keane programme on Newstalk radio.
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GARDAI investigating the murder of Daniel Treacy yesterday morning are continuing to question two men in relation to the killing - including the the chief suspect.
One of the men was arrested shortly before 11am yesterday while the second was arrested in Moyross late last night. Both men, are being questioned at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Gardai have still not recovered the weapon used to shoot the 35-year-old father of two and they are appealing for information about a red Toyota Corolla Car (96LK 1814) which was seen at the Topaz petrol station at the time of the murder.

Last night gardai urged members of the public not to to jump to any conclusions following the gangland style killing. Supt Frank O'Brien said he was confident the killers of Mr Treacy would be apprehended.

"We are very, very confident that we will reach a successful conclusion to our investigation and the best thing I can do is ask people to work with us," he said.

Gardai do not believe yesterday's murder was linked to the wider Limerick feud and one line of enquiry is that is was linked to the killing of Darren Coughlan (18) five years ago.

A brother of Daniel Treacy - Richard Treacy - is one of three men who are currently serving lengthy prison sentences for Mr Coughlan's manslaughter.

Daniel Treacy, 35, was shot shortly before 6.30am in the first gangland style shooting in Limerick in 2010.

The Garda Commissioner, Fachtna Murphy, has said gardaí are keeping an open mind about the motive for the fatal shooting.

Speaking in Cavan, Commissioner Murphy described the killing as a 'despicable' crime.

Daniel Treacy, a father-of-two, who worked as a bread delivery man, had just arrived at the Topaz petrol station on the Ennis Road when he was targeted by a lone gunman, who had been lying in wait for him.

It is understood he was shot a number of times in the chest just inside the main door of the shop before the gunman escaped.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely said the shooting is a worrying development. "It disturbs me because here you have a situation at 6.30 in the morning and you have people coming and going to work at one of the busiest petrol stations and shops in the city."


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GARDAI investigating the murder of Daniel Treacy on Monday morning believe his killers intended shooting another relative of his on the same day.
Sources close to the murder investigation have told the Limerick Leader the occupants of a car similar to that used in the Ennis Road murder approached a work colleague of Mr Treacy's relative, who had called in sick a short time earlier.

The incident happened at around 8am in the Patrick Street area but the culprit, who appeared to be armed, fled when he realised his intended target was not there.

Meanwhile, gardai investigating the vicious murder of Daniel Treacy have appealed for calm following the gangland-style shooting. The 35-year-old father-of-two, who lived in Rhebogue with his family, was shot three times in the head by a lone gunman at the Topaz filling station on the Ennis Road shortly before 6.30am.

Mr Treacy was a brother of Owen Treacy who was stabbed seventeen times in 2003 and who later gave evidence on behalf of the state at the Central Criminal Court ensuring the conviction of five men for his attempted murder and the murder of his uncle, Kieran Keane, in January 2003.

Separately, another brother of Daniel Treacy, Richard Treacy, is one of three men who are serving lengthy jail sentences for the manslaughter of 18-year-old Darren Coughlan near Moyross in November 2005.

Supt Frank O'Brien, Henry Street, said Daniel Treacy was a law-abiding citizen who was doing a day's work when he was shot. "I'd ask people not to jump in any way. The best thing that people can do is to support the garda siochana, work with us, we have a strong record," he said adding: "I want to reassure people we are very very confident we will reach a successful conclusion to our investigations and the best thing I can ask people to do is to work with us and leave it to us and support us in what we are trying to achieve."

Former Mayor John Gilligan, who is a friend of the Treacy family, told RTÉ news that Daniel Treacy's father, Philly and his brother, Owen, are under garda protection but he said this did not extend to Daniel.

"These people know the pressure and they were probably expecting it but were hoping it was never going to happen but it was always hanging over their head," he said.

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9 Arrested in anti-gangland operation

By Petula Martyn
A MAJOR garda offensive to tackle gangland activity in Limerick swung into action this morning when over 100 gardai raided houses across the southside of the city.
Nine men were arrested when gardai swooped on several homes at Hyde Road, Weston, Lenihan Avenue and Dooradoyle during the planned operation which got underway at 7am.

Senior gardai from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Garda National Immigration Bureau, the Emergency Response Unit and the Regional Response Unit were among the 130 officers involved in the early morning raids.

"It was a planned operation under the new legislation to deal with criminal gangs, so it's probably one of the first of its kind in the country," Chief Superintendent David Sheahan told the Limerick Leader.

"It's a major offensive against serious criminal activity in the city."

Seven of the nine men were arrested under new gangland legislation and can be detained for up to seven days. Two others are being questioned under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, and Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The suspects range in age from their mid-twenties, mid-thirties and their forties, and are being detained at Roxboro, Henry Street, Bruff and Askeaton Garda Stations.


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KATHRYN HAYES

There was a strong Garda presence at a special sitting of Limerick District Court today when seven men appeared on a variety of charges relating to an investigation into organised crime.

The alleged offences include charges of violent disorder, threatening to kill or cause serious harm, and demanding money with menaces.

The accused men were among nine people arrested in Limerick last Friday during a major garda operation, which involved 130 officers.

A man (19) also arrested in the same operation appeared before a special court sitting on Saturday on charges of demanding money with menaces.

There was a large Garda presence both inside and outside the court for yesterday’s hearing, which lasted for over an hour.

Members of the armed Regional Support Unit were also present.

Among those who appeared before the special court sitting was Ger Dundon(25) of Hyde Road, Limerick who is charged with committing violent order at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17th 2010.

Garda Brian Colbert gave evidence of formally charging the 24-year-old at Bruff Garda Station yesterday. In his evidence Garda Colbert said Mr Dundon replied ‘Ye stitching me up again’ after he was charged.

Barrister Shane O’Callaghan asked that Madden and Finnucane solicitors be assigned to represent Mr Dundon who was granted free legal aid.

No bail application was made and Mr Dundon was remanded in custody until this Friday, April 30th.
Judge Tom O’Donnell asked that the State be notified if bail was being sought on that date.

The only bail application was made on behalf of Michael Bridgeman, aged 51, Glenview, Ballyneety, Limerick who is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mark Heffernan at John Carew Park, Limerick, on unspecified dates between January 29th 2009 and February 12th 2010.

Mr Bridgeman is also charged with demanding money with menaces at the same location on the same dates.

During the bail application Det Supt Jim Browne said the state was objecting to bail because of the
seriousness of the charges.

Also appearing before today’s special court sitting were Limerick brothers Christopher McCormack (27), McNamara Terrace, Wolfe Tone Street, Limerick and David McCormack(25) , Crecora Avenue, Weston, Limerick.

Both men are charged with committing violent order at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17th 2010.

They were also remanded in custody until Friday along with a father and son who also appeared before yesterday’s special sitting charged with demanding money with menaces at John Carew Park on unspecified dates between January 29th 2009 and February 27th 2009.

Gareth Keogh–Collins (27), Hyde Avenue, Limerick, and his father James Collins(47), of Crecora Avenue, Limerick, are also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mark Heffernan on October 17th 2009 at the Milk Market, Limerick, and with demanding money with menaces on the same date.

Mr Keogh-Collins is also charged with committing violent order at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17th 2010.

Christopher McCarthy (27) Crecora Avenue, Limerick is also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mark Heffernan on October 17th 2009 at the Milk Market, Limerick, and with demanding money with menaces on the same date.

Judge O’Donnell remanded Mr McCarthy along with the other accused men in custody until Friday when they are due to appear before the same court again. It’s expected bail applications will be made on that date.
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Face to Face with Wayne Dundon "The most feared GangBoss on Limerick"

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By David Hurley
A CLOSE relative of the Collopy crime gang may be forced to leave Limerick following two recent attempts to assassinate him.
Shane Mason, 27, who is currently living in the Moyross area of the city narrowly escaped injury last week when he was lured to Cathedral Place and shot at near where Eddie Ryan, 40, was shot dead in November 2000.

Senior gardai have since met with Shane Mason and warned him to take precautions as they believe his life remains in danger. "We have spoken to him and he has been given security advice," said a spokesman for Henry Street Garda Station, who would not elaborate on the nature of the advice given.

In January of this year Shane Mason, who has a string of previous convictions, was injured when he was shot as he sat in a car at Shanabooly Road, Ballynanty.

Thousands of rugby fans who had earlier attended the Heineken Cup match between Munster and Northampton at Thomond Park were caught up in the aftermath of the shooting as they left the packed stadium.

Garda sources have told the Limerick Leader that Mason, who is originally from Sean Heuston Place, has been targeted after he had a falling out with criminals based on the northside of the city.

Shane Mason is a first cousin of criminal Philip Collopy who accidently shot himself last year while showing off a handgun to friends at his home in St Mary's Park.

A major investigation involving more than 40 gardai is continuing following last week's shooting. Seven men, including four teenagers, have been questioned to date and a number of searches have been carried out in the city and in the Fedamore and Patrickswell areas.

Investigating gardai have viewed dozens of hours of cctv footage and a mobile phone seized from one of those arrested has been examined by communications experts at Garda Headquarters. A bullet from the weapon used by the gunmen was found embedded in a car, which was parked near the scene of the shooting.

Chief Supt David Sheahan, who is leading the investigation has revealed that a stolen taxi-plate was used on the getaway car. The vehicle, a blue Corolla sped off in the direction of Pennywell afterwards and was later found burned out in the Patrickswell area.
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Man Critical after Gangland shooting

Gardaí are continuing to question three people in connection with a gangland shooting in Limerick last night that left a 20-year-old man fighting for his life

The man was shot in the head as he sat in a car which was parked at St John’s Square near the city centre. A number of other people who were also in the car escaped injury.

The shooting happened shortly after 9.30pm and the victim was immediately rushed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle by the driver of the car. He was later transferred to Cork University Hospital where he is in a critical condition.

The man, who is from the Ballinacurra Weston area of Limerick, is a known associate of one the city’s feuding gangs although it is not known at this stage if the shooting was feud-related.

The scene of the shooting was sealed off overnight pending forensic examinations and gardaí at Henry Street station have launched a full scale investigation.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau are expected in Limerick later today to assist in the investigation.

Two men and a woman were arrested within an hour of last night’s shooting. All three are aged in their 20s and are being detained at Roxboro and Henry Street Garda stations under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. They can be held without charge for up to seven days.

A special incident room at Henry Street Garda station can be contacted at (061) 212400.
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Gardai investigate Limerick Murder
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A murder inquiry has commenced in Co Limerick after a body discovered in a shallow grave yesterday was identified as that of a missing man

Gardaí this evening said the remains were those of Lee Slattery (24), who had been missing from the Ballynanty area of Limerick since last week.

A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Slattery died as a result of gunshot wounds.

His body was discovered at about 4pm yesterday when a person out walking noticed an area of disturbed ground off the Knockalisheen Road at the back of Castle Park estate in Moyross approximately a mile outside the city.

Following the discovery, gardaí began a search of the area during which a handgun was uncovered.

A technical team is now examining the weapon to see if it can be linked to Mr Slattery’s death.

A Garda spokesman said detectives were attempting to piece together Mr Slattery’s final movements.

They have appealed to anyone who saw or heard anything on Thursday night or Friday morning in the Ballynanty or Delmege House areas to call Mayorstone Garda station on (061) 456 980 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.

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Published Date: 03 June 2010
A MAN who is charged in connection with the shooting of Daniel Phillips at John's Square last week has been remanded in custody after he appeared in court again this morning.
Shane Mason, 28, with an address at Sean Heuston Place in the city is charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on May 24 last contrary to section 15 of the Firearms Act.

He was arrested a short time after the shooting and he appeared before a special sitting of Limerick Court last Saturday.

This morning Mr Mason's solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client would not be applying for bail and Judge Tom O'Donnell remanded him in continuing custody until June 17 next.

Daniel Phillips, 20, who sustsained gunshot wounds to the head and chest remains in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital.
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New Unit to tackle Gangsters
THE Emergency Response Unit patrolling Limerick city's flashpoint areas will soon get back-up from a specially trained and fully-armed squad.

A new Regional Support Unit, the first of its kind in the country, comprises 20 specially-trained officers who were previously based in the city and have first-hand knowledge and experience of the region's most notorious criminals.

The officers and detectives have been in specialist training for the past six months and are expected to be deployed to the city's streets next week.

Despite the decrease in gangland violence in the city since the city's criminal gangs came under the intense focus of the Criminal Assets Bureau and ongoing garda investigation, senior officers are taking no chances. A tentative truce between the warring sides was agreed last May, but this deal was greeted with great scepticism by gardai.

The members of the Regional Support Unit have received training in lethal and non-lethal firearms and surveillance methods and will be based in Limerick on a full-time basis.

It is expected that the presence of the ERU in the city will be reduced when their colleagues arrive to augment the unit. The new arrivals will be clearly visible and will provide an extra security measure to neighbourhoods where drug gangs are based.

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The ERU was redeployed to the city last March after six homes were hit by a machine gunner in St Mary's Park as the gangland feud boiled over.

Chairman of Limerick's Joint Policing Committee Kevin Kiely welcomed the arrival of the Regional Support.

"They know the criminals and know how and who they operate with. They are bringing that to the table with them," Mr Kiely said.

The new armed unit will patrol Limerick streets 24-hours a day and is based with the ERU which is under the umbrella of the Special Detective Unit.

The ERU was first drafted into Limerick in 2003 after the gangland murder of Kieran Keane.

- Barry Duggan





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Dundon orders hit on prison officer


LIMERICK gang boss John Dundon put a murder contract on a prison governor as jail chiefs pile the pressure on criminals trying to operate from behind bars.

Authorities at Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin learned of the chilling threat last month.

Dundon (30), who has 80 criminal convictions, was called into the governor's office.

When confronted about the information Dundon replied: "Yes."

He was immediately transferred out of the prison and is currently held in a punishment cell at Cork prison.

Brother Dessie, who is serving life for the murder of rival Kieran Keane, is also in the segregation unit at Portlaoise Prison.

Ger is on remand on serious charges in Limerick jail while Wayne has fled to Bristol to escape garda attention.

It is not the first time members of the McCarthy Dundon gang have threatened members of the prison service.
Threatened

In 2008 an officer at Wheatfield was threatened by one of the gang after ignoring a request to open a landing gate.

Later, on his way home from jail the prisoner officer was stopped at traffic light outside Dublin when a 4x4 pulled up beside him. Two windows were wound down and the barrels of two guns were pointed at the officer.

At the peak of the gang's power, up 160 active criminals were aligned to the McCarthy Dundon's, half of which are in jail.

The success of the gardai in putting gang members behind bars has created gangland jail culture like those found in US.

Of 4,000 prisoners in jail, a quarter are thought to gang-connected, adding to tensions in Ireland's over-crowded jails.

The Sunday World revealed how the McCarthy Dundons bully other prisoners.

FEAR: Dessie and John bully an inmate

FEAR: Dessie and John bully an inmate

FEAR: Dessie and John bully an inmate
Our photographs showed John and Dessie Dundon posing with a terrified inmate whose head had been partially shaved.They had written 'F**k Me' on the man's forehead and on his body.

The gang also known to have used rape as a means to terrorise other prisoners, prompting a wave of transfer requests from some jails.

Jim Mitchell, president of the Prison Officers' Association said that levels of jail violence has been growing "at an alarming rate."

"These groups, while vying for control of the drugs trade see the prison system as a proving ground and each gang will viciously
protect that patch," he said.

"We need a place to put these people and a regime that is robust enough to protect those that have to deal with them," he added.

Gangsters have organised campaigns against officers who have seized mobiles phones or prevented drugs being smuggled by making false allegations against them.

Criminal bosses have also tried to corrupt prison officers with a mixture of bribes and intimidation.

One former jailer Dillon O'Brien is currently serving a four-year sentence for supplying mobile phones, booze and drugs to a gang leader in Mountjoy Prison.

Officers also said they want to see an increase the very successful active sniffer dogs used to detect drugs.

"The reality is that the prison population is a recognised market for the crime gangs. They look for every opportunity to look for
weaknesses in the security system," said POA boss Eugene Dennehy.

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