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Gardai to quiz Dundon over pal's murder

GARDAI plan to interview Limerick gangster Ger Dundon about the gun murder of his close associate Stephen 'Dougie' Moran in Lucan over the St Patrick's weekend.

Dundon is not a suspect in the case, but gardai believe he may have key information about who Moran's enemies are as detectives try to build up a profile of why exactly he was shot dead.

Sources say officers hope to speak to Dundon (26) who is expected to be in Dublin to attend the murder trial of his older brother, Wayne, at the Special Criminal Court in relation to the death of Roy Collins in Limerick in 2010.

Moran and Dundon were related, and in January Moran (46) collected gang member Ger Dundon from prison after he finished a sentence for violent disorder.

Moran then provided sanctuary to the thug in his Lucan home for a number of days before Dundon finally fled to the UK.

A source told the Herald: "It may seem unlikely, but gardai are hoping Ger can give information about Moran which may help the investigation."

Gardai still think the most likely theory for the gangland murder is that Moran was shot dead because of his association with exiled crime boss John Gilligan.

HATED

MORAN HAD BEEN DRIVING GILLIGAN AROUND IN HIS BULLETPROOF BMW 4X4 FOLLOWING THE HATED DRUG DEALER'S RELEASE FROM HIGH-SECURITY PORTLAOISE PRISON LAST OCTOBER.

The pint-sized gangster – who survived after being shot several times at his brother's Clondalkin home a fortnight before Moran was murdered – fled Ireland for the UK the night after Moran was shot dead.

The Herald previously revealed that Moran had been negotiating with the Criminal Assets Bureau in the months before his murder after the bureau served him with a tax demand for more than €500,000.

Gardai believe Moran was suspected of involvement in two murders – those of drug dealer Declan Griffin in an Inchicore pub in 2003 and Limerick bouncer Brian Fitzgerald in 2002.

Moran's life and criminal career ended in a similarly brutal fashion.

Witnesses said his assassin jumped over a large wall beside Moran's Lucan home in "rapid fast time".

He then shot the gangster once in the head in the gruesome incident in which he had only a five-second window of opportunity between the time Moran got out of the armour-plated vehicle and went into his bullet-proofed house on the night of March 15.

KFOY@HERALD.IE


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