Drugs kingpin who took over after gang fallout flees to the UK
A criminal who gardai suspect is one of the country's biggest drug dealers has fled to the UK.
Edward 'Eds' McCarthy left his Limerick city base in Moyross and has moved with his family to Birmingham.
The 36-year-old criminal has had numerous run-ins with gardai, the Criminal Assets Bureau and the courts system.
Gardai believe McCarthy is one of the main suppliers of drugs to the Mid-West region and has also established himself on the international stage.
"He has become an international drugs figure since the fall of the McCarthy-Dundons.
"He has completely taken over the drugs business of his brother - 'Fat John' McCarthy - after he was jailed a few years ago," a source said.
Last month, Moyross parish priest Fr Tony O'Riordan revealed how local families are living under constant "threats, intimidation, and extortion" from evil drugs gangs who were "flourishing" in the area.
In 2013, the Criminal Assets Bureau and gardai struck a major blow against Eds McCarthy when they seized assets including an Audi Q7 car, over €26,000 in cash and a gold Rolex watch valued at €7,850.
The High Court gave the go-ahead for the confiscation of the assets following a lengthy operation, codenamed Portland, on a number of suspects living in the Moyross area.
McCarthy is well accustomed to the judicial system and is no stranger to appearing before judges - he has 29 previous convictions.
His uncle, Eddie Ryan - a convicted killer - was the first person murdered in Limerick's feud in 2000 when he was shot dead in the Moose Bar by crime boss Kieran Keane.
His brother, 'Fat John' McCarthy and nephew, David McCarthy narrowly survived an AK-47 attack at their home in 2002. The same year, Eds McCarthy made a threat to kill former gang enforcer Willie Moran and was later convicted.
In 2003, following the murder of rival crime boss Kieran Keane in a vicious double cross by the McCarthy-Dundon and Ryan gangs, Eds McCarthy was photographed celebrating outside the home of his cousins, Kieran 'Rashers' Ryan and Edward Ryan, with one of the five murderers, James McCarthy.
Another uncle, John Ryan - brother of murdered Eddie - was shot dead in reprisal for Keane's death months later.
In 2004, Eds McCarthy was convicted of committing violent disorder and was jailed for three years in 2005 for assault causing harm. He was convicted in 2009 for unlawful possession of drugs and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour.
His brother, 'Fat John' McCarthy, is serving a fourteen-year jail sentence, imposed by Limerick Circuit Court, for the possession of heroin with intent for sale and supply. Eds McCarthy stormed out of Limerick courthouse when his brother was found guilty by the jury.