The move follows the return from exile yesterday of one of the city’s most notorious crime figures, Wayne Dundon.
Dundon, who, according to sources, returned accompanied by two eastern European bodyguards, has returned to the city amidst a growing internal feud within the notorious McCarthy-Dundon gang.
The feud has led to a number of incidents in the gang’s stronghold of Ballinacurra Weston and in the Limerick prison wing where gang members are held.
Dundon has spent most of the last nine months living in Britain and Turkey and only occasionally returns to Limerick for brief visits.
Dundon was released from prison last March having served a seven-year sentence for threatening to kill barman Ryan Lee after he had refused admission to Dundon’s 14-year-old sister at a Limerick bar.
The most recent feud has resulted in shootings and other attacks in Ballinacurra Weston and serious assaults on gang leaders in Limerick prison.
A gang member who was involved in a notorious murder was seriously assaulted in Limerick prison recently. The attack was confirmed by prison sources. It is believed a major drug figure, who up to now has been regarded as a key figure in the gang, is behind a takeover of the gang’s entire Limerick operation.
The gang has been dealt a serious blow with the arrests of leading gang members, some of whom are serving long sentences and others who are awaiting trial.
It is believed a number of young criminals who were recently released after serving sentences for a rape have allied themselves with those involved in the challenge to the gang leadership.