O'Dea lashes out at Nidge's Limerick 'kip' slur
POLITICIAN Willie O'Dea has labelled references made to Limerick in the finale of Love/Hate as "grossly unfair and unwarranted".
The former Government minister has called on RTE to clarify comments in which the city was referred to as a "kip" in Sunday's finale of the gangland drama which attracted over a million viewers.
Deputy O'Dea told the Herald: "This was grossly, unfair and wrong. I know people in Limerick feel very aggrieved by it."
Mr O'Dea said the comments were even more damaging because they were made by gangster Nidge.
Addressing a Latvian hooker who was just back from a trip to Limerick, Nidge said: "Bet you're glad to see back of that kip."
The Limerick City TD stormed: "It is the writer's fault. These were lazy throwaway lines thrown out by people outside Limerick to entertain the public." The Fianna Fail man claimed the reference was even more insulting as it was Dublin, not Limerick, which now has the major problem with gangland crime.
He raged: "All the major Limerick gangland figures are locked up which is more than I can say for gang leaders in Dublin.
"We have corrected the situation down here, the gangs have been put down and the gardai have control in Limerick.
"So it's most unfair for people outside Limerick to be perpetuating the myth that we still have problems." This is not the first time Love/Hate has caused consternation in the city.
Limerick businessman Steve Collins, whose son Roy (35) was gunned down by gangsters in 2009, previously labelled Love/Hate "a recruitment tool to entice vulnerable young people into a life of crime".
Speaking a year after his son was murdered in the family-run amusement arcade in Roxboro Shopping Centre, Mr Collins said: "The drama wrongly gives the impression that criminals drive around in expensive cars and live in fancy houses, while the truth is the Criminal Assets Bureau has put an end to such displays."
He also alleged the series gave young people from dysfunctional families the mistaken idea the illegal drugs trade will lead to fortune and riches.
Last year, the Collins family left Limerick amid fears for their ongoing safety and moved abroad under the witness protection programme after being targeted by the Dundon gang.