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Sunday 17 December 2017

Gritty drama will conclude with lavish gang wedding

RTE'S new violent gangland drama will conclude with a lavish wedding seemingly paid for with the proceeds of organised crime.

Love/Hate has already been criticised for glorifying vicious underworld activity.

The programme shows gangsters driving around in high-powered cars and living in big houses.

The father of Limerick gangland murder victim Roy Collins fears the RTE drama will be used as a recruitment tool to entice vulnerable young people into a life of crime.

Steve Collins believes Love/Hate will wrongly convince young people from dysfunctional families that the illegal drugs trade will lead to fortune and riches.

"A lot of this stuff can be an educational tool and a recruitment tool for the gangster," he said.

"I guarantee you that there will be a lot more guys interested in going down and talking to the Dundons and trying to rebuild their gang again after they see this type of thing."

Viewers who tune in for the final episode in the four-part mini-series will see the blushing bride Trish (played by Aoibhinn Ginnitty) tie the knot with Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) in a luxurious ceremony at a top wedding location.

The country's top criminals are known for splashing the cash for lavish ceremonies.

Notorious Limerick gangster Wayne Dundon splashed out thousands of euro on his daughter's first Communion, prompting calls for cuts to his social welfare. At the time, Mayor Kevin Kiely described the garish display -- replete with a Cinderella carriage -- as "appalling and disgraceful" and an affront to the State and the citizens of Limerick.

Reports estimated that all the trappings would have cost in the region of €8,000. The bill included the hire of the carriage, horses and drivers, the designer dresses for his wife and daughters, the professional photographer and a meal at a local hotel.

Councillor Kiely said: "As mayor of Limerick I am appalled somebody who never worked a day in his life should be seen lavishing that amount of money on a day out like that. It's a disgrace."

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