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Dundon was ready to pay €500,000 to have another Collins killed

Barry Duggan

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

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Economist Jim Power told the Irish Independent he estimated as much as €16m will be lost from the two cancelled gigs
Economist Jim Power told the Irish Independent he estimated as much as €16m will be lost from the two cancelled gigs

GANG leader Wayne Dundon was willing to pay €500,000 to have another member of the Collins family killed in advance of his murder trial.

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Dundon, who ordered the fatal attack on Roy Collins from behind bars in 2009, was actively seeking a hitman to carry out a fresh assault.

Gardai believe that despite being in jail Dundon (36) has access to significant amounts of money and initially told associates he would hand over €200,000 to a hitman.

However, he was shunned in the criminal world and later raised the price to €500,000, the Irish Independent understands.

The contract was put out a year before the trial at the Special Criminal Court began.

Among the groups approached were dissident republicans, who showed no interest in becoming involved with the notorious criminal.

Sources say they feared the fallout from such an attack would be too massive and draw a huge public and garda response.

Dundon's cousin, Stephen 'Dougie' Moran was financing the vast majority of the murder contract. Moran – a bodyguard and driver for drug dealer John Gilligan – is a distant cousin to the Dundon brothers. He was shot dead in his Lucan home on March 15 last.

Moran's killing was the first time the extended McCarthy-Dundon gang have lost a blood relation to the gun – and after the shooting Wayne Dundon's 'cash for killing' offer evaporated.

This is not the first time the gang have attempted to offer cash rewards for their own nefarious means ahead of criminal trials.

Last year, they offered Limerick criminal John McNamara €100,000 to testify on behalf of convicted murderer John Dundon before he went on trial for the murder of Shane Geoghegan. McNamara was the intended target of John Dundon when the innocent Garryowen rugby player was murdered in November 2008.

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