A DEFIANT Limerick bakery owner who has lived under the threat of death since his son’s court evidence helped jail five members of the notorious McCarthy/Dundon family said he will not be driven out of business by the gang.
In his first ever media interview, Phil Treacy, who has required armed protection on his daily delivery run since his son’s court evidence, said last night he would not give in to the gang and offered his support to the family of Roy Collins for standing up against the McCarthy/Dundons.
Mr Treacy revealed that he would not be alive but for the armed gardaí who escort him on his daily bread round in the city.
The brave 59-year-old is the father of Owen Treacy, whose evidence led to life sentences being handed down to five McCarthy/ Dundon gang members for the January 2003 murder of Kieran Keane.
Mr Keane and Owen Treacy were abducted by the gang in an elaborate plan. Mr Keane was shot dead and after the gun jammed Mr Treacy was left for dead with 17 stab wounds. He survived and his evidence led to murder convictions of all five gang members.
Mr Treacy, who is married to Kieran Keane’s sister, is followed every day by two heavily armed members of the Emergency Response Unit as he delivers bread and apple tarts to more than 40 different shops in the city.
Despite the increased tension in Limerick Mr Treacy vowed last night to keep working.
“I have worked since I was 11. Why should I give in to them [McCarthy/Dundons]. That unfortunate man [Roy Collins] was shot because a cousin gave evidence against one of them and he got 10 years. What are we supposed to do? Lie down? I am not going to lie down. I work seven days a week and will still do it. I haven’t taken a holiday in 12 years. People have to stand up,” said Mr Treacy.
“My son Owen stood up to them and lived after they stabbed him 17 times. I am proud of him. I am not in dread of these scum. Why should I be?
“I would be dead and buried only for the guards, and the protection they have given me every day after they [Mcarthy/Dundon gang members] got life for murdering my brother-in-law.
“The guards have been more than good. Only for them I’d be dead. I take it from day to day. I get up at 6.15am and start my round at 7.15am and finish my round at 4.15pm. I then go down to the bakery at 6pm and stay there until around 10pm. It is my life.”
Mr Treacy went on to express his sympathy for the Collins family.
“They have done nothing only do a day’s work and these scum kill him. The bakery business is my life, and I like my customers. I make up to 40 stops at shops in the city every day and I go into Ballinacurra Weston [the McCarthy/Dundon base] and Southill, and meet the best of people.”
Like every other day, Phil Treacy will this morning set out on his delivery round protected by two armed detectives.
“I will never give in to them. They are only the scum of the earth. They have shot a young lad because his family stood up against them. People have to stand up. If I don’t do it, I’d be better off in Tony Cross’s [local undertakers]. We have suffered at the hands of these people, but they did not drive us out and they are not going to do it now.”
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