Ger Dundon -- one of four notorious criminal brothers -- has been freed from prison. Officers at Wheatfield Prison released Dundon, 26, yesterday evening.
The Limerick criminal was granted early release with remission after he was imprisoned for five years for violent disorder as part of an extortion campaign against a Limerick nightclub promoter.
It is understood that Dundon was freed just over a day before he was due to be released for security reasons.
A dark-coloured BMW X5 collected thecriminal shortly 5pm yesterday from the Dublin prison. His whereabouts last night were unknown but officers in Limerick remain on alert as it is expected he will return to the city at some stage.
Three older brothers, Wayne, John and Dessie Dundon, remain locked up and are serving varying sentences.
The McCarthy-Dundon gang's influence in the Ballinacurra-Weston area of Limerick is much diminished. The gang suffered a major schism in recent years as associates turned on each other, resulting in the jailing of various gang members.
In February 2011, Ger Dundon, who had 99 criminal convictions, was jailed for violent disorder a year earlier. The jailing arose after attempts by other members of the gang to extort €20,000 from a nightclub promoter. Last year at the Court of Criminal Appeal, Ger lost an appeal against the five-year sentence.
His barrister Brendan Nix said at the hearing that after his release from prison, Ger Dundon intends going to England. Mr Nix said the applicant was aware he had no future in Ireland and that his name was going to follow him "for the rest of his life".
Last year, Ger's 30-year-old brother John was found guilty of the 2008 murder of innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan and sentenced to life imprisonment by the non-jury Special Criminal Court.
Wayne Dundon is serving a six-year sentence for threatening to kill two brothers of April Collins and is also awaiting trial at the Special Criminal Court for the murder of Roy Collins.
Dessie Dundon is serving a life sentence for the 2003 murder of Kieran Keane.