Christy Keane, aged 55, survived a gun attack on the morning of June 29 last when he drove into the car park of the University of Limerick Arena building to do a gym workout.
A number of men opened fire with semi-automatic hand guns as he got out of his 4x4 at about 6.35am. Although hit several times he managed to run to safety before collapsing near the running track adjacent to the arena.
A car used by the gunmen was later found burned out a few kilometres from the scene of the shooting.
In a planned garda raid yesterday, two men in their 30s were arrested in an early morning raid on the south side of the city and brought to Henry St station.
They are being held under Section 50 of the Offences Against the State Act.
A third man in his 50s was arrested at about 11.30am and is being held at Roxboro Road station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
This brings to nine the number of people arrested in the shooting.
Gardaí suspect outside gunmen were hired by the McCarthy-Dundon gang to carry out the murder attempt.
Christy Keane served 10 years for handing a huge consignment of drugs in St Mary’s Park. His son Liam Keane is currently in jail for a gun offence.
Liam Keane gained national notoriety when he made a two fingers gesture on leaving the Central Criminal Court after his trial for murder of teenager Eric Leamy collapsed when six state witnesses refused to back up written statements they had given to gardaí.
This led to a change in the law. Such statements can now be introduced at a trial as evidence.