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Dundon gang implodes as members talk to gardai

IRELAND'S most feared gang has imploded after former key gang members gave gardai crucial new information about three separate murders.

Last night, five leading crime figures including notorious brothers Wayne, John and Ger (pictured) Dundon, were returned to prison after being questioned for 12 hours about three separate murders in Limerick.

They were arrested by armed gardai about the murders of innocent men Shane Geoghegan in 2008 and Roy Collins in 2009 and the murder of gang member James Cronin in 2008.

Sources say that the arrests were a "direct result" of a bitter internal dispute that has been raging in the gang this year.

"An important family faction has split from the Dundons -- they would have previously been considered key allies of the gang," said a source.

"Very important information has now been given about the three murders as well as other shootings.

"The big task now for gardai is to get corroborative evidence to satisfy the DPP that charges should be brought.

"There is a big degree of optimism that this can happen and it will be the end of the McCarthy/Dundons. Gardai have never had a clearer insight into the workings of the gang. There has never been such co-operation from senior criminals within the organisation.

"The Dundon brothers are the authors of their own downfall -- they bullied and threatened everyone -- even those who had been loyal to them all their lives," the senior source said.

Yesterday's arrests happened just two days after the three brothers' mother Anne was killed in a London car accident.

Her funeral is expected to take place in Limerick next week and sources say there is "no chance" that the trio, or their convicted murderer brother Dessie, will be given temporary release for her funeral.

"The next time that they are out of prison it will be for court proceedings," the source added.

It is understood that the feared brothers refused to co-operate in any way when questioned yesterday.


Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan (28) was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity near his home in Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick.

One man has already been convicted in connection with the murder of innocent father, Roy Collins. Mr Collins was murdered five years after his cousin, Ryan Lee, testified against Wayne Dundon. Following his conviction, Dundon received a seven-year-sentence for threatening to kill Lee.

James Cronin's body was discovered in a shallow grave in a field near Caledonian Park on the southside of Limerick on April 7, 2008.

The young man from the Janesboro area of the city was shot in the head. His body was discovered by officers searching the area for firearms following the murder of Mark Moloney days beforehand.