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Family under protection since uncle's murder

Barry Duggan and Brian McDonald

Published 23/02/2010 | 05:00

IT was a routine part of the job. As part of his daily rounds delivering bread, Daniel Treacy (35) called regularly to the Topaz filling station on the outskirts of Limerick city.

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There he would drop off the daily delivery. After a brief bit of paperwork, he would be on his way.

The father of two children worked with his father, Philip, at the family bakery and delivery business. The family are originally from St Mary's Park in Limerick, but the bakery is located in Gillogue, Co Clare, where the victims' parents live.

Daniel lived in the Rhebogue area of Limerick with his wife, Amanda, and their two children. He has two brothers and three sisters.

Since the feud-related murder of Daniel's uncle, Kieran Keane, in 2003, the Treacy family have had ongoing garda attention.

An armed garda escort constantly shadows Philip Treacy as he goes about his daily delivery business across Limerick city.

While not afforded the same high-level protection as Philip, the security of each member of the Treacy family is monitored by the gardai. Limerick's feud can flare at any stage and gardai are taking no chances following the murder of Daniel's uncle and the attempted murder of his brother, Owen Treacy.

The court testimony of Owen Treacy resulted in the successful prosecution of five men for the murder of Kieran Keane. Owen Treacy was stabbed 17 times after he and his uncle were abducted by five members of the McCarthy-Dundon gang who were intent on taking over Limerick's lucrative drugs trade.

Jailed

Daniel's younger brother Richard and his cousin Joseph Keane, were each jailed for six years for the killing of an apprentice electrician, Darren Coughlan, in 2005.

Daniel found himself brought before Limerick District Court in 2008 after William Coughlan from St Mary's Park claimed that the bread delivery man threatened to kill him on July 23, 2007. William Coughlan is an uncle of Darren Coughlan.

Daniel Treacy rejected the allegations.

The court heard that he was driving to McDonald's restaurant in Castletroy with his two children when he passed Mr Coughlan in Rhebogue.

"I wouldn't be much of a father if I threatened anyone with the language Mr Coughlan said," Mr Treacy told Judge Tom O'Donnell. "I know him all my life.

"I must have seen him 100 times before this. I guess he's gone bitter over his nephew, I never had any grievance with him," Mr Treacy added.

Judge O'Donnell said it was a very serious allegation, but found Mr Treacy not guilty of the offence.

Irish Independent

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