Policing authority meet about Geoghegan investigation

SENIOR gardaí will meet today with the local joint policing authority in Limerick as a top garda takes charge of the Shane Geoghegan murder investigation.

Superintendent Ann Marie McMahon has moved to the Roxboro Road Garda district headquarters where the huge murder inquiry is being coordinated and managed.

Supt Frank O’Brien who was at Roxboro has been transferred to the Henry Street headquarters as the city’s senior superintendent.

The city’s three most senior Garda officers will, meanwhile, meet with Mayor John Gilligan and the chairman of the Limerick joint policing authority, Councillor Kevin Kiely, to brief them on the most recent murder. The briefing by Chief Supt Gerry Mahon, Supt O’Brien and Supt McMahon will take place at City Hall.

Following the promotion of Chief Supt Willie Keane to the rank of Assistant Commissioner, Chief Supt Mahon yesterday took charge of the Limerick Garda division and moved from the Clare division.

Before moving to Clare, Mr Mahon was superintendent at Henry Street.

Supt McMahon who has transferred to Roxboro Road from Bruff now has day-to-day control of the Shane Geoghegan inquiry.

Up to 50 gardaí are directly involved in the hunt to track down his killers.

Supt McMahon has a wide range of experience in criminal investigations.

In a key investigation some years ago in Limerick, she posed as a brothel madam when gardaí tracked down a man who travelled from Dublin seeking sex with a young girl.

The man, who it transpired was a garda, was arrested and convicted.

Mr Gilligan has been critical of aspects of the Garda operation in the city and, in the aftermath of the Shane Geoghegan murder, called for specialist units such as the Emergency Response Unit to be drawn from gardaí based in Limerick with a detailed knowledge of the city.

The chairman of the joint policing authority, Mr Kiely called for internment to be introduced to deal with members of Limerick’s feuding gangs.

Mr Geoghegan, aged 28, was shot dead at Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, at about 1.30am on November 9 as he walked near his home where his fiancée, Jenna Barry also lived.

He was mistaken by a gunman from the McCarthy Dundon gang who came to kill a well-known drugs importer who moved into Kilteragh after his long time partner bought an affordable house, having been approved for the scheme by Limerick County Council,

The house was purchased for €165,000 — €51,000 less than the asking price of the same houses at the time.

The drugs importer, who has a villa in Spain, still lives in Kilteragh where he has been seen moving about in a top-of-the-range car in recent days.

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