TWO Limerick brothers who were allegedly kidnapped in 2003 have received lenghty jail sentences for firearms offences.
Kieran Ryan, 26, of Craeval Park, Moyross and Eddie Ryan, 27, of College Avenue, Moyross pleaded guilty to suspicious possession of a high-powered pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition at Carrigmartin near Ballyneety on May 26 last.
The weapon and ammunition were seized when gardai stopped and searched a car following a surveillence operation in the area.
Limerick Circuit Court was told a member of the Emergency Response Unit sustained serious facial injuries as the men were being arrested.
Judge Carroll Moran sentenced Kieran Ryan to eight years in jail and he sentenced Eddie Ryan to six years imprisonment.
The brothers made national headlines in January 2003 when they were allegedly kidnapped.
However they turned up safe a and well a week later.