Limerick family leave Republic over gangland threats

A Limerick family have left the Republic permanently after being consistently targeted by gangland criminals.

Pub owner Steve Collins, his wife Carmel and two of their children flew out of Shannon Airport on Sunday.

Mr Collins' son, Roy, was shot dead in April 2009.

The family pub in Roxboro has been bought by the Limerick Regeneration Agency.

The family said they had no option but to emigrate because they have lived in constant fear of attack from the McCarthy-Dundon gang.

Members of the Collins family testified against Wayne Dundon in 2005. Roy Collins was murdered four years later.

The family has been under 24-hour armed garda protection since then.

Mr Collins had previously vowed never to leave Limerick but said that the last three years had become too much for him and his family.