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Drugs binge twins may have been dead for week

TWIN brothers found dead by their mother after a drugs binge may have died up to a week ago.

Toxicology examinations will determine if the brothers died from a batch of contaminated heroin or a drugs overdose.

The bodies of Kevin and Peter Moran (29) were discovered by their mother, Margaret, at an apartment near Limerick city centre yesterday afternoon.

Drugs paraphernalia was recovered by gardai in the apartment at the Harvey House complex.

The twins' mother had become concerned about her sons' safety after they had not been seen in more than a week.

It is understood that she gained access to the apartment through a staff member in the building and discovered her dead sons in the sitting room. Emergency services were immediately alerted.

The State Pathologist's Office has been contacted to carry out post-mortem examinations at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick today.

It is not yet established exactly how long the pair had been in the apartment or when they died.

The apartment was sealed off last night as officers examined the residence.



Neighbours

Distraught friends gathered outside the Steamboat Quay apartment block yesterday before the twins' bodies were taken from the scene.

The Herald understands that both men are originally from the Old Cork Road area of Limerick city.

Neighbours and friends of the Moran family gathered at their home on the southside of the city to console the twins' relations last night.

It is believed that both brothers spent time working in England in recent years before they returned to their native city.

Former Defence Minister Willie O'Dea described the deaths of the brothers as an "immense tragedy".

"I know the Moran family and this is an awful tragedy for them," Mr O'Dea said.

Fears have spread for hundreds of heroin addicts in Limerick, as gardai have received information in the past week that a contaminated batch has arrived in the city.

Where once the scourge of heroin was confined to Dublin, there has been a marked increase in users in Limerick in recent years.

About 280 addicts are on supervised methadone treatment in the city to help them go clean from the drug.

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