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'Glorified child slaves at centre of gangland feud' - 14 teens identified as vulnerable by gardai

Youngsters are being used by senior criminals to deliver drugs and collect money, writes Paul Williams

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Teenager Keane Mulready-Woods

Teenager Keane Mulready-Woods

Murder case: Gardaí make an arrest in Louth yesterday morning as part of their murder investigation

Murder case: Gardaí make an arrest in Louth yesterday morning as part of their murder investigation

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Teenager Keane Mulready-Woods

Fourteen teenagers have been identified by gardaí as vulnerable but active participants in the Drogheda drugs feud.

The gruesome murder of Keane Mulready-Woods has done little to scare some of the country's youngest gangsters away from a life of crime.

Most of the teens are treated like low-level "glorified slaves" for more senior criminals who use them to deliver drugs, collect money and carry out acts of intimidation such as arson attacks and assaults.