Wednesday 21 March 2018

Years-old feud sees gangs unite in bid to murder Keane

Gunned down: Christy Keane
Gunned down: Christy Keane

Barry Duggan

Three main crime gangs have aligned together in a bid to murder crime boss Christy Keane.

A chronic heroin user was last night being questioned about the attempted murder of Keane at a university campus on Monday.

Keane (54) a convicted drug dealer remains in hospital, after he was shot four times while on the way to the University of Limerick gym.

Three Limerick crime gangs - the feared McCarthy-Dundon gang, a major Moyross drug dealing gang and a third grouping comprised of associates of Keane's once sworn ally Eddie Ryan - are suspected to have banded together in a deadly alliance against the crime boss.

A criminal aged in his 30s who is from the northside of Limerick city and is well known to gardaí in the region, was arrested on Monday night in connection with the murder bid.

The arrested man is a close associate of crime brothers, Eddie and Kieran 'Rashers' Ryan who have both received sentences for firearms offences. He is being questioned at Henry Street Garda Station and can be held for a maximum of seven days.

The suspect has convictions for an arson attack on an associate of Christy Keane. He is also a chronic heroin user who is thought to have access to firearms.

Kieran Keane, a brother of Christy Keane, was murdered in 2003 by five associates of the Ryan brothers when he was lured to a lethal double cross with his nephew Owen Treacy.

Keane was stabbed and shot after he fell foul of a devious trap where he believed he was paying €60,000 to have the brothers, Eddie and Kieran 'Rashers' Ryan, murdered.

Kieran 'Rashers' Ryan (31) is due to be released from prison next month after serving a lengthy sentence for possession of a firearm and ammunition - a development which is set to heighten tensions further amongst the city's feuding gangs.

Gardaí also believe that a close associate of the criminal Dundon brothers, who is now defacto leader of the Ballinacurra-Weston gang, may also have knowledge of the attempted murder. There are now fears the Keane gang may retaliate.

Irish Independent

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