Tuesday 28 January 2020

'New laws haven't been used -- I want selective internment'

Aine de Paor

THE father of murder victim Roy Collins yesterday called for internment to be introduced following the latest murder in Limerick.

Steve Collins lives under 24-hour garda protection, just like Phil Treacy, whose son Daniel (35) was shot dead yesterday.

Both of their sons turned state's witness against Limerick gangsters. Mr Collins's adopted son, Ryan Lee, and Mr Treacy's son Owen took the stand to give evidence that led to members of the notorious McCarthy-Dundon gang being jailed.

Yesterday, Steve Collins (55) hit out at the Government for not using tough new anti-gang laws to take dangerous criminals off the streets.

He said: "I want to see selective internment. We have all these gang members coming out of prison and going back on the streets. The new laws we fought so hard for, not one person have they been used against.

"All we hear are excuses, excuses. The authorities keep saying they have to put together a strong case before they can go after someone, but to me it's just more excuses."

Tough new crime-fighting measures were introduced after Steve led a peace march of thousands of people through the streets of Limerick last May.

Mr Collins said his heart went out to the Treacy family.

Steve's son Roy (35) was gunned down in April of last year as he worked in the family's amusement arcade at a Limerick shopping centre.

He said: "My sympathy goes out to them now and I think I can understand how they're feeling. This was very callous altogether -- it's just so wrong."

Irish Independent

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