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Christy Keane was targeted

Christy Keane was targeted

Brian Gavin

Christy Keane was targeted

A man previously described as the leader of the McCarthy-Dundon gang has appeared in court charged in relation to the attempted murder of a rival criminal.

Larry McCarthy was one of two men who were brought before the Special Criminal Court yesterday after being arrested in separate parts of the country.

Limerick gang boss figure Christy Keane (59) was injured after being shot a number of times on the grounds of University Limerick (UL) in 2015.

Yesterday morning detectives, backed up by armed support units, arrested two men in relation to the investigation.

John Costello (39), of Hennessy Avenue, Kileely, Co Limerick, is charged with knowledge of the existence of the McCarthy-Dundon criminal organisation and that he provided transport to a person with the intention of facilitating the commission of the attempted murder of Christy Keane at a UL car park on June 29, 2015.

Gda Alan Harkin said the accused made no reply when the charge was put to him.

No bail application was made on behalf of Mr Costello.

Mr McCarthy (42) of Tower Lodge, Old Cork Road, Limerick City, also appeared charged with making a vehicle available to the McCarthy-Dundon criminal organisation in the attempted murder of Christy Keane, between June 27 and 29, 2015.

Warrant

Det-Gda Donnacha Coakley said he arrested Mr McCarthy at a location in Buncrana, Co Donegal, yesterday morning, and he was taken to Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick.

He was detained in relation to a warrant issued by the Special Criminal Court on February 10 last.

Det-Gda Coakley said he would be objecting to any bail application.

Mr McCarthy appeared in court with a large patch over his right eye.

His barrister, Marc Thompson BL, requested that his client receive appropriate medical attention for an eight-stitch injury while in custody.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt remanded both men in custody to appear again in court on June 12.

Mr McCarthy has previously been described during a bail hearing in the Special Criminal Court by detective gardai as the "head of the McCarthy-Dundon organisation" and as having "known links to criminals around the country and to criminals on an international level".

Keane was shot in the grounds of UL at 6.35am, as he parked his car. He was seriously injured but survived.

Gardai said at the time there had been no specific threat to his life in the lead-up to the shooting.

Keane was part of the Keane-Collopy faction which was embroiled in a violent feud with the McCarthy-Dundons for several years.

At least a dozen deaths were linked to the feud and inter-family disputes between gangs in the city, but others put the figure closer to 20.

Keane was jailed for 10 years for cannabis offences.