Ireland: Guns of Limerick

Photo by Zach_ManchesterUK
Photo by Zach_ManchesterUK
5 August 2009 – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt)

In western Ireland, bloody feuding between rival drug gangs has instilled a climate of fear in the region. To deal with it, the government has drafted emergency legislation. But some judges and lawyers criticise the new laws as unconstitutional.

In the turf wars being waged by Limerick's drug-dealing gangs, it's less the number of victims – which has nonetheless reached 14 – than the cold cruelty with which the murders are committed that worries the town, and the rest of Ireland as well. In November 2008, rugby captain Shane Geoghegan was gunned down in front of his house. One of the fifteen bullets shot by the killer hit him in the head. The next day, however, it turned out that Geoghegan had been the victim of a case of mistaken identity. According to police, the murderer, who belonged to the McCarthy/Dundon gang, believed he was getting rid of a member of the enemy Collopy crime family, who escaped an ambush in 2006. At that time, his car was riddled with twenty rounds from an automatic pistol.

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