NOTORIOUS gangland figure Wayne Dundon returned to Limerick last Thursday from his base in the UK, prompting fears that he may attempt to "re-establish his position" as one of the city's most feared criminals.
Reports over the weekend in several tabloid and broadsheet newspapers suggested Dundon had returned with the intention of reasserting himself as one of the city's most feared criminals and gang leaders, and a source confirmed to the Leader this Monday that Dundon has indeed been back in Limerick since Thursday last.
Dundon has been travelling back and forth from his UK base to Limerick in recent months since his release from jail earlier this year. He returned to the city earlier this month, visiting 30 year old Andrew Nolan, from Southill, in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in early December. Nolan was the sole survivor of a serious road accident in which two men lost their lives, while Nolan suffered serious head injuries as a result of the crash.
The car the men was driving had been stolen from the Garryowen area of the city the previous week, and a replica firearm and balaclavas were found in the blue BMW after it crashed into a tree on the main N21 between Rathkeale and Croagh.
Officers from the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission held an investigation into the incident, as moments before the crash took place a Garda car observed the stolen BMW, which had been heading back in towards Limerick, and turned to follow it.
The car then sped away and collided with a tree a short distance later. Road conditions at the time were described as icy.
Newspaper reports at the weekend suggest that Nolan was on his way to commit a crime on Dundon's behalf when they encountered the Garda car.
After visiting Nolan in hospital, Dundon left the city the following Friday, with Gardai hoping he had left for good.
However, that has not proved to be the case, with Dundon arriving back last week to Limerick to apparently re-establish his position.