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Wednesday 20 August 2014

'Human life has become worthless in organised crime', says priest at funeral of John Gilligan's murdered pal Dougie Moran

Jim Cusack

Published 22/03/2014 | 14:54

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The funeral of Stephen Dougie Moran at the Lucan South Parosh church on Balgaddy Rd.
Picture By David Conachy.  22/03/2014
The funeral of Stephen Dougie Moran at the Lucan South Parosh church on Balgaddy Rd. Picture By David Conachy. 22/03/2014

Mourners at the funeral of John Gilligan's murdered associate Dougie Moran today heard that there is a growing sense that human life is becoming worthless in the eyes of organised criminals.

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Fr Eamon Bourke also said there was a deep sense of anger and shock in the community and a belief that gangs had lost "any sense of mercy".

He was speaking in the aftermath of a second murder attempt that left "dissident" republican figure Declan "Fat Deccy" Smith, in a critical condition after he was shot in the face as he left his infant daughter to a north Dublin crèche.

Dougie Moran, who also had dissident republican links, was buried yesterday after funeral mass in the Lucan South parish church.

Parish Priest, Fr Bourke said in his homily: "Dougie's family and friends have been plunged into darkness by the sudden and horrific way he died.

"Speaking to many parishioners over these days there is a deep sense of anger and shock in our parish at the nature of Dougie's death. It seems that human life has become worthless. It would seem that any sense of mercy has been lost."

Moran's Tricolour-draped coffin travelled to Palmerstown Cemetery in a horse-drawn carriage followed by five limousines and a large motor cortege including an open-backed lorry with floral tributes and pictures of Moran and his wife Natasha.

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