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'I killed a man... I have to live with what I did' - a gangland murderer in his own words on his descent into the underworld

A former member of one of Dublin's most deadly criminal gangs speaks about his descent into the underworld, and how a desire for money, drugs, designer clothes and respect sucked him into a life of crime

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I have been in Mountjoy for over a decade now. I was in my late teens when I committed the crime. It's not that I thought I was untouchable... that world was just life for me back then.

My mother reared me. My father left when I was three or four, and, looking back, I would say that had a big impact.

I was great in primary school. I had a good upbringing. My mother looked after me pretty well. But in secondary school, things started going downhill. I started acting out. I don't know why - I really don't know why. I was getting suspended from school. And then I was suspended for a few months before my Junior Cert and it meant I was losing out on a lot of school time.