Fourteen people were arrested today during a huge operation by detectives investigating the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan.
The seven men and seven women were being detained at Garda stations in Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Dublin after a series of co-ordinated raids across the counties.
Mr Geoghegan was gunned down as he was walking home in Dooradoyle, in Limerick, last November in a case of mistaken identity.
Garda officers from Roxboro Road garda station in Limerick with the help of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation moved in on the suspects at 7am this morning.
The arrested men and women range in age from late teens to early forties.
They are being held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.
“There were six males and six females arrested on the south side of Limerick city, and they are currently detained at Garda stations in the Limerick city and county area and at Ennis, Co Clare,” said a Garda spokeswoman.
“One female was arrested in Dublin and is currently detained at Ballymun garda station and a second female was arrested in the Bansha area of Tipperary and she is detained at Cahir garda station.”
A small quantity of illegal drugs was also seized during the operation in Tipperary, according to investigating officers.
Mr Geoghegan, captain of Limerick rugby club Garryowen’s third team, was murdered on November 9.
The 28-year-old was targeted by criminals who intended to kill one of their drug dealing rivals.
He was shot dead walking home from a friend’s house after spending the evening watching Ireland’s match against Canada on television, live from nearby Thomond Park.
Last month, detectives began preparing prosecution files on two men, aged 28 and 57, suspected of involvement in the murder.
The pair were questioned under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Garda stations in Limerick and Dublin before being released without charge.