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Priest condemns gangland ‘cowardice’ as murderous violence rises in drugs war

Dublin community rescued from criminals’ grip of terror will resist return to past, he vows

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Fr Seamus Ahearne says criminal activity is fuelled by a 'get rich quick' mentality. Photo: Gary Ashe.

Fr Seamus Ahearne says criminal activity is fuelled by a 'get rich quick' mentality. Photo: Gary Ashe.

Fr Seamus Ahearne says criminal activity is fuelled by a 'get rich quick' mentality. Photo: Gary Ashe.

The close-knit community of Finglas will not be destroyed by the “cowardice” of warring criminals who have been firebombing houses as part of an escalating local drugs feud, the local parish priest has vowed.

Fr Seamus Ahearne, attached to St Finian’s church in the north Dublin suburb, said he did not believe gangland violence would ever return to the levels the area once saw. More than a decade ago, there were multiple gun murders between warring criminals.


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