BEHIND the quiet dignity that characterised the reaction this week of the Geoghegan family, as John Dundon was found guilty of murdering their beloved Shane, lay many emotions which they kept to themselves for reasons that are entirely understandable.
This has been a torturously long journey for the family. Almost five years after a good and much loved man was brutally killed outside his own front door, there came justice. Barry Doyle’s conviction for pulling the trigger was only the beginning of that process, for the criminal most responsible for what happened on that dreadful night had yet to be tried. For true justice to prevail, it was necessary for John Dundon to be sent down for life. Limerick is a better, safer and happier place because of his conviction.
A compelling case was assembled against Dundon and we congratulate An Garda Siochana, in particular our local force in Limerick, for ensuring that the evidence against this brutal killer was watertight. What gardai achieved cannot be underestimated. Dundon and his ilk were of the view that they could send their misguided minions out to do the dirty work and also let them take the heat in court when the time of reckoning came. They know different now.
When it comes to serious crime, Limerick is a city utterly transformed. The statistics are well known now, but that does not make them any less impressive, or welcome. Not long ago, firearms were being illegally discharged in our city twice a week. The most recent statistic was that fewer than 10 were recorded for the entire year.
Amid the satisfaction over this conviction, let there be no complacency at Government level. The local force must be given the resources it needs to keep up the excellent work. Anything else would be a travesty.
This has been a good week for Limerick. We are sure we speak for every decent citizen when we wish Shane’s loved ones well. In one sad respect, they can never really move on from his traumatic murder. But at least now, they have justice for Shane.