Limerick teen killer chose to follow his father
O'Sullivan and some of his family are no strangers to the penal system, says Barry Duggan in Limerick
O'Sullivan -- from Galtee View, O'Malley Park, Southill, Limerick -- had managed to record 39 previous convictions before he killed Moloney (40) on that Saturday afternoon. Even on the morning of the killing, O'Sullivan carried out a separate gun attack on another home in the Southill suburb.
Detective Brendan Casey from Henry Street garda station said Moloney was not involved in any criminal gang, but he had links to people who were and this singled out Moloney as "a soft target".
Moloney's brother-in-law, Stephen Fitzgerald, is a member of the Keane/Collopy gang which is at the centre of a bloody feud with the McCarthy-Dundon gang in Limerick. Fitzgerald was sentenced to four years' imprisonment last year after he was caught with a Glock pistol and 19 rounds of ammunition five days after Moloney's death.