Criminal gang targets Limerick city pubs

David Hurley

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David Hurley

'It's very traumatic for any publican and it's very distressing': Jerry O'Dea of the VFI
THE Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) is encouraging its members to review their security after two city pubs were targeted by a criminal gang, writes David Hurley.

THE Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) is encouraging its members to review their security after two city pubs were targeted by a criminal gang, writes David Hurley.

Investigating gardai believe the same gang was responsible for break-ins, at the pubs which occurred on the same morning.

One of the pubs, which is located in the city centre, was broken into at around 6am on March 15, last while the second - in Thomondgate - was broken into less than half an hour later.

While investigations are ongoing, gardai have confirmed the front door of each premises was forced by the culprits who then took safes once inside.

Cllr Jerry O’Dea, who is a delegate on the National Executive Council of the VFI, says the burglaries are a concern to its members.

“It’s unfortunate for the businesses because it’s not just about money or anything but it’s very traumatic for any publican and it’s very distressing,”he said adding that publicans should constantly review their security procedures.

“It’s for everybody on an ongoing basis to revise their security measures and, obviously, our organisation would advise people on an ongoing basis to be as vigilant as possible but sometimes it’s difficult because there are criminals out there who will look and look and look and wait for the right opportunity and we are hoping that the gardai will get a line on this and get it under control and we have confidence that they will,” said Cllr O’Dea.

Gardai at Henry Street are investigating both incidents and anyone with information is asked to contact them at (061) 212400.