Sunday 25 February 2018

Editorial: Let's get to root of murder and violence

Wayne Dundon and (inset) Roy Collins
Wayne Dundon and (inset) Roy Collins

The convictions secured against Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen for the murder of Roy Collins will give some comfort to the dead man's friends and family who have endured so much following his death. For all of us, the prosecution and verdict is an important demonstration that thugs cannot cause murder and mayhem with impunity – as some offenders had clearly believed.

The murder of Mr Collins, an innocent father of two, at his place of work in Limerick in 2009 along with that of the equally blameless Shane Geoghegan a year earlier marked a low for the murdered men's native city.

The killings prompted a wave of popular revulsion, followed by a huge and successful garda action to stamp down on gangsterism.

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