Limerick is the template to use for gangs to be defeated
The shocking gang warfare in Dublin has already played out on the streets of Limerick. It can be stopped, if similar tactics are used now, says Jim Browne
Gangland crime, organised crime and feuding in Ireland is concentrated in two cities, Dublin and Limerick. A history lesson on the origins and escalation of this phenomenon is pointless. In both cities there are some of the most volatile and dangerous criminals in the world.
They are involved in a power struggle to wipe out all opposition to maximise profits. The planning and preparation of the ruthless murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel is no surprise to me.
The murder of Eddie Ryan in the Moose bar on November 12, 2000, in Limerick by the Keane/Collopy gang was a very similar crime. Two innocent women were also shot and seriously injured in that attack. The home of 'Fat' John McCarthy was riddled with an AK-47 in August 2002, an attack in which dozens of men, women and children had a narrow escape.