Collins family have won admiration of us all
The jailing of Limerick gangsters Wayne Dundon and Nathan Kileen is a victory for civic society.
With the conviction of the pair last week the family of murdered Roy Collins will finally - after a long, hard road - receive some measure of justice for the brutal murder of their son and brother.
This family, headed by their dad Steve, have gone through hell and back since the nightmare began for them way back in 2004. Since then, their lives have been turned upside down.
In his victim impact statement Steve recounted how the Dundon gang "infected our lives with their hateful poison and destroyed everything that we held dear in life."
This family's bravery and courage in standing up to this killer mob has won the admiration and respect of every decent citizen in this state.
Steve has endured the murder of his beloved son, the destruction of his business, and has had to endure enforced exile with his family.
The whole nation owes a huge debt of gratitude to Steve Collins and his family. His courage helped to break the stranglehold of this evil gang in Limerick.
Perhaps now the Collins family can at last return to Limerick to rebuild their shattered lives, free at last from threats and intimidation and harassment.
I, for one, certainly hope so. But whether they do or not some civic gesture should be made to them by the city, in recognition of the stand they took against the thugs.