THE cousin of former Irish soccer international Steve Finnan, who was shot at point-blank range, says he is now homeless on the city streets.
Sean Finnan, 27, miraculously survived an attempt on his life last month, when he was shot at twice outside his then home in Byrne Avenue, Prospect.
He received 25 pellet wounds to his chest, and was rushed to hospital.
“I cannot cope – I don’t know what to do, I don’t know who to turn to. I don’t know if there is anyone to turn to, anymore,” he said, after calling to the Limerick Leader offices this week.
Fighting back tears, Sean said he remains in fear for his life - wearing a bullet proof vest - and to protect his girlfriend and young daughter has left his home.
Due to the shooting, homeless shelters across the region have refused him refuge.
It is understood the Limerick Homeless Centre tried to find him a place in hostels as far afield as Ennis and Cork, but he was refused, as they are fearful of their premises being targeted.
This has led to him being forced to sleep rough.
“I had to leave my girlfriend for her protection, and my child’s protection. She would have been targeted, the house would have been targeted. Basically, I have nowhere to turn to. I have been left homeless. This has never happened to me before,” he added.
Mr Finnan said he begged gardai to activate a three-month suspended sentence he was previously given so he could have a place to sleep outside the cold.
But instead, he has been sleeping in fields in the suburbs, in particular Janesboro.
“I have never been through anything like this. I cannot take it any more. Wherever I go, everyone is putting me down,” he claimed.
A source close to Limerick City Council has confirmed the father-of-one was refused accommodation due to drug habits he had developed in the past, and safety concerns around the fact he was shot.
Meanwhile, the Limerick Leader understands City Council and a number of other agencies have tried to assist Mr Finnan in finding alternative accommodation, but no agreement has been reached.
In 2012, Mr Finnan was jailed for two months after the garda drug squad caught him with deals of heroin on a Limerick city street.