Collins family tells of hard year since Roy's murder
Published 05/04/2010 | 05:00
IT was a killing that shocked the nation and sparked the introduction of new legislation to tackle the country's criminal gangs.
Roy Collins (35) became another victim of a long-running gang feud when he was gunned down at the casino where he worked.
This Friday marks the first anniversary of Roy's death and his family continues to be haunted by his brutal murder.
Not only have they lost a son, but since the awful killing in the Roxboro area of Limerick, they have have been living under 24-hour garda protection.
The anniversary Mass for Roy Collins takes place at St John's Cathedral this Sunday at noon.
Afterwards, the family will unveil a plaque in his memory of at the Steering Wheel pub in Roxboro.
"This is an upsetting time for us," his father Steve Collins said.
"It brings it all back to us and the anniversary day will be the worst."
The Collins family has finished working in the casino which Roy managed. Steve still manages the pub next door.
"I won't go in there (the casino) anymore. I don't want to," he said.
Yet despite the tragedy and the bitter memories that won't go away, Mr Collins has vowed not to be forced or intimidated out of Limerick.
"I am not prepared to leave Limerick or go into any witness protection programme. That won't be happening it is not for us. There are only two options for us. We have a choice of going away or staying and I'm not leaving," he commented.
"If I was going to leave Limerick, I would have done it from day one."
Mr Collins has now been assured by the Garda Commissioner that his family's security arrangements are to be reviewed.
The Limerick publican met with Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, Justice Minister Dermot Ahern and former defence minister Willie O'Dea in the Dail before the Easter weekend.
"It was a good meeting. My son Steve was there too and we spoke about various issues," Mr Collins said.
"They (the gardai) are going to look at reviewing our security arrangements. It is a never-ending thing.