Thursday 23 November 2017

Attempt to shatter four years of peace with Keane shooting

Gunned down: Christy Keane
Gunned down: Christy Keane
The Nissan Navara in the carpark of University of Limerick where Christy Keane was shot yesterday morning

Paul Williams

After four years of peace the attempted murder of Christy Keane brought back chilling memories of the bad old days for the people of Limerick.

A city that 10 years ago had one of the highest per-capita rates of gangland violence in Europe now enjoys some of the lowest serious crime levels after the warring mobs were smashed in the longest, most sustained and successful garda operation in the history of the state.

With most of the killers and their godfathers behind bars, relief and optimism has replaced the sense of fear and chaos that once pervaded the streets in the sprawling estates of the Treaty City.

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