Gangsters arrested in jail and quizzed over three murders
THREE members of one of the country's most dangerous criminal gangs were arrested in prison yesterday and taken for questioning in connection with three high-profile murders.
It came after their former associates turned against them and provided fresh evidence to gardai
The three men, all senior members of the McCarthy-Dundon criminal gang in Limerick, were brought from their cells to garda stations in Limerick and Dublin for questioning
They were quizzed throughout the day on the murders of three men: James Cronin (20), in 2008, Roy Collins (35) in 2009 and a third man who cannot be named for legal reasons.
All three men were murdered in Limerick city.
Two other criminals from Limerick were also questioned.
The Irish Independent has learned that the arrests were made following lengthy investigations which involved former associates of senior McCarthy-Dundon gang members providing detailed statements to investigating gardai
Two members of the outfit are already before the courts charged with threatening to kill three people in Limerick.
However, as a result of the gang's implosion, the former associates are now co-operating with gardai in their investigations into the gang's activities.
The Irish Independent has also learned that the five men were also questioned yesterday about a shooting incident in the southside of Limerick city in 2009 when the senior gang members targeted former allies.
One man, James Dillon, has already been convicted of the murder of innocent father Roy Collins.
Mr Collins was murdered five years after his cousin, Ryan Lee, testified against Wayne Dundon. Following his conviction, Dundon received a seven-year-sentence for threatening to kill Mr Lee
James Cronin's body was discovered in a shallow grave in a field near Caledonian Park on the southside of Limerick on April 7, 2008.