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You can run, but you can't hide from brutal gangland assassins

Gangsters who flee the capital in fear of their lives are being hunted down and mercilessly slain, writes Jim Cusack

Published 30/09/2012 | 05:00

Declan O'Reilly
Declan O'Reilly
Gerard Eglington

A decade or so ago, the place to murder a rival gang member in Dublin or Limerick was generally in the pub or outside a chipper. Men who knew or suspected they were on a hit-list stopped going to pubs where a Judas with a mobile phone could summon an assassin.

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John Wilson, who was shot dead on Friday, was one of the reasons socialising in pubs became a problem in Dublin. He shot up the Players' Lounge pub in Fairview in July 2010. He walked up to the pub with a gun in each hand and sprayed customers and staff, severely injuring three innocent men.

House parties became more popular places to drink and take drugs. But they became dangerous too, and a number of gangsters met their fate at these. The trend today, as displayed three times last week, is to murder men at their homes, the targets made especially easy if they have the settled movements associated with children and school.

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