CONVICTED Limerick drug dealer Christy Keane is expected to make a statement calling for peace after he was badly injured in a gun attack in the city.
This claim was made by former detective garda, Cllr Sean Lynch, who said he “speaks for the Keane family”, nine days after the early-morning incident at the University of Limerick.
He said the family of the criminal figure - who has been transferred to Cork University Hospital to have bullets removed from his upper body - “do not want any retaliation”.
It comes amid claims that a coalition of gangland figures are coming together to target Keane, and reignite a feud which has claimed at least 18 lives since 2000.
Cllr Lynch, who chairs the Joint Policing Committee, said: “I know Christy Keane has been approached, and he does not [want any retaliation]. I know I speak for the Keane family when I say they do not want retaliation. There is a wider Keane family who have never come to the attention of An Garda Síochána. They are law-abiding, and do not want any retaliation or any reprisals.”
Cllr Lynch, who played a key role in bringing to justice some of the key protagonists of the feud, said he does not believe there will be reprisals.
“That is the impression I am being given on the ground,” he said, when asked if he felt there would be more violence.
“They don’t want to lower themselves, and they know the great work An Garda Síochána do.”
The Fianna Fail councillor had a private meeting with assistant garda commissioner John Twomey last week, and added: “I want to alleviate any fears people might have. Everything is in place, and anyone who has any idea of bringing Limerick back to the way it was will be dealt with in a very severe fashion.”
Two people who were arrested in connection with the attempted murder - when Keane was shot - were released from custody without charge over the weekend.
Former detective garda-turned councillor Sean Lynch, who was attached to Roxboro Garda station, added that he had received a guarantee that the necessary support services will be on standby if the feud does reignite.
“If there is a need to bring back down what we had in the past - including the Criminal Assets Bureau - then we will. We have two criminal assets profilers. They will be looking at the two individuals [who were arrested last week] very closely. It is up to the people now to cop themselves on.”
Keane, 55, remains under armed Garda protection in Cork after he was shot four times when arriving for a workout at the UL Arena last Monday. Supt Derek Smart, Henry Street garda station, said close to 80 officers were still working on the case.