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Family told 'you will die' for telling story on crime show

Barry Duggan

Published 09/12/2010 | 05:00

A WOMAN who appeared on a TV programme to tell of her pain after her brother was shot dead claims that her family have been issued with a death threat.

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The Moran family, who live in Southill, Limerick, said the campaign of intimidation against them has intensified after the 'Prime Time Investigates' was aired on RTE 1 on Monday.

The programme featured interviews with victims of crime and anti-social behaviour along with some of Limerick's most feared criminals.

Heroin addict Thomas Moran (27) was shot in the head at his home on November 12, 2006. No one has been charged with his murder yet and his family have continued to campaign for his murderers to be brought to justice.

Members of the Moran family appeared on the RTE production and spoke of the pain endured by them following his death.

Chilling

The Moran family said they received a number of calls following the show from people whom they believe were responsible for Thomas's murder. They claim one caller issued a chilling warning to a member of the family: "You are all going to die after going on 'Prime Time'."

Susan Moran said she believed they were being targeted as they provided gardai with a statement containing information about the car used by the suspected killers following her brother's murder.

Following the show, she said they were "afraid of our lives now", but would continue to campaign for justice for Thomas.

Contributor to the programme and chief executive officer with Limerick's Regeneration Agencies, Brendan Kenny said the RTE production was a "very depressing and very negative programme and put no focus on the good things that are going on out there".

He said the show provided a "platform" to people who committed serious crime and vandalised neighbourhoods in the city. Mr Kenny yesterday called for tougher and longer prison sentences for criminals.

He said the majority of residents living in the regeneration areas of Limerick (St Mary's Park, Southill, Moyross and Ballinacurra-Weston) were good, law-abiding people and conceded that the show did not do the cause of the regeneration agencies "any good".

"However, it did give a real insight into the reality of life and the reality of the environment where some people are living in some parts of the regeneration areas," Mr Kenny said.

Irish Independent

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