Warning over repercussions if Dundon moves to area

IF Limerick gang criminal, Wayne Dundon, moves to Newcastle West, as reported earlier this week, it would have major repercussions for the town, a TD has warned.

Niall Collins said: “The message is going out loud and clear to Mr Dundon that he is neither wanted nor welcome in Newcastle West, or any other part of the county.”

He said he has been contacted by concerned residents in the town.

Dundon has viewed a number of properties in Newcastle West and has told associates he wants to move out of his Ballinacurra Weston stronghold.

Earlier this week he travelled to England with his wife and two children on a caravan holiday.

Mr Collins said he has been informed by the Gardaí, that no matter where Dundon goes in the jurisdiction, the same level of Garda resources will be deployed to monitor his movements.

Dundon is believed to be very angry at the high level of surveillance being focussed on him by Gardaí and a number of his key associates are at present in custody on charges which include alleged extortion.

Mr Collins said: “I am also calling on local auctioneers in Co Limerick and letting agents not to let any property to Wayne Dundon or anybody associated with him. If it is the case he purchases a property in Newcastle West, I feel the Criminal Assets Bureau should seize it from him as he is supposed to be living off social welfare.”

Mr Collins said Dundon’s presence in Newcastle West would have implications for the whole community, given his reputation and background.

Dundon, 32, was released from prison last March after serving five-and-a-half years for threatening to kill Limerick barman, Ryan Lee, at Brannigan’s bar in Mulgrave Street in December 2004.

Mr Lee had turned away Dundon’s 14-year-old sister when Dundon approached and pointed his hand as if holding a gun, saying: “F**k you. You are dead.”

A short time later a gunman wearing a motorbike helmet walked through the crowded bar, singled out Mr Lee inside the counter and shot and seriously wounded him.

Nobody was ever charged with the shooting.

Dundon was convicted by a jury at Limerick Circuit Court of threatening to kill Mr Lee, who was the state’s principal witness in the case.

Gardaí suspect that Ryan Lee’s cousin, Roy Collins, was murdered as a reprisal for the jailing of Dundon.

It is believed that for his current visit to Britain, Dundon made elaborate plans which included switching cars when he arrived by ferry in Britain.

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