Call to stop gang leader’s social welfare

THE mayor of Limerick yesterday demanded that all social welfare payments to gang leader Wayne Dundon be stopped immediately after he splashed out thousands of euro on his daughter’s First Communion.

Mayor Kevin Kiely described the garish display – replete with a Cinderella carriage – as “appalling and disgraceful” and an affront to the state and the citizens of Limerick.

Jobless Wayne Dundon was caught on camera on Saturday with his wife and his daughter riding through Limerick in the carriage and posing for photographs in the People’s Park.

Locals looked on in disgust at the carriage – similar to the one used by model Jordan for her wedding – as it made its way down Hyde Road to the church.

Reports yesterday estimated that all the trappings would have cost in the region of €8,000. The bill included the hire of the carriage, horses and drivers, the designer dresses for his wife and daughters, the professional photographer and a meal at a local hotel.

Councillor Kiely said: “As mayor of Limerick I am appalled somebody who never worked a day in his life should be seen lavishing that amount of money on a day out like that. It’s a disgrace.

“I would call on the minister for social welfare to stop all social welfare payments to that family straight away.”

He said the fact that Dundon was displaying his wealth so openly was putting it up to the state. “He’s throwing down the gauntlet to the state. It’s up to the state to come after him.”

He said the state had to stand up to Dundon, just like Steve Collins, the father of Roy Collins, who was murdered by the McCarthy-Dundon gang in 2009.

Last week, a low-level figure in that gang, James Dillon, pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Collins. The 35-year-old was attacked because he was a cousin of Ryan Lee, who gave evidence that led to the imprisonment of Wayne Dundon in 2005.

Dundon was jailed for the maximum term of 10 years for threatening to kill Mr Lee. The sentence was reduced to seven years on appeal. Earlier this year Dundon was released after receiving a one-quarter remission on his sentence.

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