Feud briefing for Ahern and Garda chief

JUSTICE Minister Dermot Ahern and Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy will visit Limerick today to get an up-to-date briefing on the developments in tackling the ongoing gang feud in the city and plans to fight city centre crime.

Mr Ahern and Commissioner Murphy will meet Chief Supt David Sheahan, Supt Frank O’Brien and Supt Ann Marie McMahon at RoxboroRoad station.

The meeting comes as the family of murdered businessman Roy Collins prepare to mark the first anniversary of his murder tomorrow. His father, Steve Collins, and other family members met Mr Ahern in Dublin last week as crime gang leader Wayne Dundon was released after serving five-and-a-half years for threatening to kill Roy Collins’s cousin, Ryan Lee, at Brannigan’s Pub.

Gardaí believe Roy Collins was murdered as a reprisal for the jailing of Wayne Dundon. Members of the Collins family are now under full-time armed Garda protection.

Following a memorial Mass on Sunday, a plaque to commemorate Roy Collins will be unveiled at the Roxboro Shopping Centre outlet where he was gunned down last year.

Steve Collins has spoken of repeated acts of intimidation involving associates of the McCarthy/Dundon gang.

Gardaí in Limerick have adopted an initiative of the city centre community to deal with ongoing crime problems in the city centre, which traders say is driving business away.

Meanwhile, a youth acting suspiciously at Roxboro Road yesterday was found to be carrying a rifle in a black plastic bag. The gun cannot discharge high-powered ammunition and the youth, aged 18, has no connection to any feuding gangs. He was being held last night at Roxboro Road Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

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