Houses in Limerick, Dublin and Cork cities have been searched by Gardaí (Irish Police) in the ongoing investigations into a savage murder in Limerick city last Sunday.
28 year old Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity as he walked home after watching the Ireland vs. Canada rugby match with friends.
Mr Geoghegan is the latest victim of an ongoing gangland feud in Limerick.
In a 90 minute Dáil (Parliamentary) debate on Wednesday, opposition deputies called on the Irish government to introduce tougher legislation on gangland crime to avoid any more deaths in Limerick city.
Minister for Defence, Willie O’Dea has said the government will offer all assistance possible including new legislation in order to aid efforts by Gardaí to tackle gangland crime.
He pointed out that in spite of political differences with opposition parties; he believes members of all political parties can be united these efforts.
Community leaders have this week condemned the murder.
In a statement read at Shane Geoghegan’s funeral on Wednesday, Bishop of Limerick, Donal Murray said:
“This senseless killing of an innocent man with his whole life before him is further evidence of the futility of this evil feud, and the callous inhumanity with which it is pursued.”
A minute’s silence will be held before the upcoming rugby match between Munster and the All Blacks at Thomond Park next Tuesday.