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Man held over dealer 'murder bid'

Published 30/06/2015

The man was held after gardai stopped and searched a car on the Dundalk to Ardee Road last night.
The man was held after gardai stopped and searched a car on the Dundalk to Ardee Road last night.

One arrest has been made over the attempted murder of crime figure Christy Keane in Limerick.

The man, who is aged in his 30s, was detained last night over the shooting of convicted drug dealer as he made his way to the gym at the city's university.

Gardai said the arrested man can be held for seven days under legislation introduced to clampdown on gangland activities.

Christy Keane, a father-of-two, is a convicted cannabis dealer and brother of gang leader Kieran Keane who was murdered in a bloody feud with a rival gang in 2002.

They were part of the Keane-Collopy faction which was embroiled in a violent dispute with the McCarthy-Dundons for several years which claimed at least a dozen lives.

Two handguns were recovered from burnt out cars believed to have been used in yesterday's attempted murder.

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