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Stephen J Costello: We need to be tough in enforcing rule of law

Should we simply throw gangland 'thugs' into prison or try to understand them, questions Stephen J Costello

Published 19/02/2012 | 05:00

THEY prowl by night and party during the day. They prey on people. They are violent vigilantes who menace and create mayhem. They plan murders. They are unrepentantly vicious. That's the public perception and it isn't far removed from the reality.

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They are members of the McCarthy-Dundon Limerick criminal gang who have recently regrouped. But there's many more like them. More lawless Wildwest than Westlife, who at least intend to disband later this year.

Barry Doyle, believed to be working for this particular gang, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Shane Geoghegan, the rugby player, who was mistakenly thought to be working for the rival Keane-Collopy gang.

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