Drogheda a town living in Fear of Gangland Thugs, Gardai need outside help urgently. People deserve better protection from the Drug Lords and their young Coke fueled foot soldiers, young thugs?

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16th January 2020


This is such a shocking indictment covered in detail by the UK media that we must ask our Department of Justice how such an escalation of psychopathic driven violence could emerge in the Republic of Ireland.  Gangland Feuds and illegal drugs are causing chaos throughout Ireland including cities, towns and even our villages.

Killers ‘filmed themselves dismembering 17-year-old boy and planned to deliver his head as a warning’ as police hunt ‘psychopathic’ Dublin hitman they believe is responsible

  • Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, is thought to have been murdered at a house in Drogheda, north of Dublin, overnight Sunday in a gangland slaying
  • Video purporting to show his final moments has since been circulated online
  • Footage also shows people threatening his associates and others known to cops
  • Detectives are hunting a 35-year-old Dublin hitman as their prime suspect 


Ross Kemp visits Belmarsh prison.  What we can learn and need to learn about people who are imprisoned especially those Drug Lords who earn millions if not billions and have links (man interviewed by Kemp in Belmarsh whose past-time was polo games) but who like reports say of drug lords in Ireland have links to the United Arab Emirates.  https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-01-16/inside-belmarsh-prison/


Councillor blames feud gangs for arson attack on her offices

Councillor Sharon Keogan at her                             offices in Duleek, Co Meath, which were                             targeted in an arson attack
Councillor Sharon Keogan at her offices in Duleek, Co Meath, which were targeted in an arson attack

The offices of a Co Meath councillor who is outspoken about drug crime have been attacked by arsonists – just hours after she made comments about the shooting of an innocent taxi driver in Drogheda.

Councillor Sharon Keogan said she is shocked and upset by the attack on her office on the main street of Duleek.

A rock was used to smash a window in the front door, and an accelerant was then poured in and ignited.

The fire caused extensive damage to the porch but, thankfully, failed to spread because the internal doors were closed.

The attack came just hours after Ms Keogan spoke out about the shooting of a taxi driver in Drogheda on Monday night.


The driver, John Myles, is understood to have been shot after he picked up a criminal who was using the taxi to get to a garda station where he is required to sign on as part of his bail conditions.

He was treated at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda but later discharged.

After the shooting, Ms Keogan, who knows Mr Myles, called on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to put more resources into fighting drug crime in Drogheda.

“A multi-agency approach must be adopted here,” she said.

“It is not right that some of us law-abiding citizens are subjected to the rules of law and those involved in blatant criminal activity are not.”

Speaking about the arson attack, Ms Keogan said she is sure her offices were targeted because of her being so outspoken about drug crime in the Louth and Meath area.

“It is absolutely related. I am very outspoken on crime, drug crime specifically, and I think this attack is because of that,” she told the Herald.

“I am having meetings in the coming days about drugs, and some people are telling me I should cancel them, but I won’t.

“I will continue to speak out about crime. We cannot let these people win.

“Whatever we are doing is working. I am in shock, and it takes a lot to shake me, but we have to keep going.

“There is CCTV in the town, and maybe it picked something up. The gardai were here this morning and did a forensic examination too.

“I run a local newsletter from this office too and employ four people, but obviously they can’t come in today until all this mess is sorted out.”

Ms Keogan, who was first elected in 2014, said in a statement yesterday: “Anyone who knows me knows the work that I do and it won’t deter my work.


“I’m here to serve the community and will continue to do what I can to make our communities safe for all.

“This office is here to serve the community of Duleek, who elected me to represent them.

“This arson attack is not only an attack on me but also the people of the area. We have to stand together to say this is not acceptable.”

Ms Keogan has been vocal about the drug gangs that have infiltrated Duleek and surrounding areas.

In February 2019, she set up the Feel Good Project to address the issue of addiction in the community and provide support, and positive action, to parents and teenagers who are being intimidated by criminal gangs.

Gardai are investigating the arson attack.


Tuesday, 14th January 2020

Fears that body parts found in Coolock may be those of Drogheda teenager

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Fears have emerged that the body parts found in a Coolock housing estate last night are those of a Drogheda teenager who was allegedly a member of a local gang involved in the illicit drug trade.

Less than four hours after yesterday’s incident at the Bridge of Peace, the grisly news emerged of a bag of body parts being found in a sports bag at the junction of Moatview Gardens and Moatview Drive in Coolock in North Dublin.

The remains are those of a teenager and there are fears locally that they are of a 17 year old Drogheda man who was involved in the drug trade and was allegedly threatened that he would be murdered and his body dismembered.

According to a local source the missing teenager was abducted shortly after yesterday’s attack at the Bridge of Peace which took place at 6.20 pm when a number of shots were fired from a passing car into a taxi.  The intended target was a senior member of one of the feuding gangs who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the taxi. He made his escape from the vehicle by climbing over the injured driver John Myles. It was by sheer fluke that Mr. Myles was not killed. All of this took place in the middle of rush hour traffic and with many pedestrians in the area and very close to the Garda station.

Gardaí are seeking anyone who has concerns for a loved one who they have not heard from in the last number of days to contact them at Coolock Garda Station.  They are continuing to identify the human body parts with the assistance of Forensic Science Ireland.

In particular Gardaí are seeking assistance from all road users who may have dashcam footage which may assist them and any assistance any person may have can contact Gardaí in Coolock Garda station on 01 – 6664200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.


Wednesday 15 January 2020

Boy (17) is murdered and body mutilated as part of feud

Horror: Gardaí remove the boy’s remains in                   Coolock, Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins 1
Horror: Gardaí remove the boy’s remains in Coolock, Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

A teenager who was abducted, murdered and his body dismembered by one of the country’s most notorious criminal gangs had been formally warned by gardaí that his life was in danger days before he was abducted on Sunday.  Gardaí were last night searching for the head of the 17-year-old victim after body parts, including all his limbs and part of a torso, were discovered in a gruesome find in the Moatview area of Coolock on Monday night.


The chief suspect in the case is a notorious 35-year-old Dublin criminal recently released from jail and involved in multiple feuds, including in Drogheda and Dublin.

Since his release, he has been forced out of his Coolock base

because of threats from rival local gangsters.

Taximan lucky to be alive in gang feud crossfire terror

Gardai at the scene of the shooting at the                       Bridge of Peace
Gardai at the scene of the shooting at the Bridge of Peace

An innocent taxi driver was lucky to escape with his life after being caught in the crossfire of the deadly Drogheda feud.

Aged in his late 30s, the victim was shot twice in the back while sitting in his vehicle on the Bridge of Peace shortly after 6pm yesterday.

The taxi man was not the intended target and gardai believe he had the “grave misfortune” of taking a fare from an under- threat hitman just moments earlier.

That volatile criminal is a leading member of the so-called anti-Maguire faction and has been linked to a number of gun attacks, including an attempted murder last February.

The 24-year-old has been a prime target for the mob led by Owen Maguire.

The Herald can reveal the gangland target, on bail for a number of offences, was on his way to the garda station in the town to sign on as part of his bail conditions when the gunman struck last night.

The shooting took place during rush-hour traffic when a dark coloured car pulled up alongside the taxi and shots were fired though the window, hitting the driver.

The target’s girlfriend was with him in the taxi and both made their way to the garda station for safety following the incident.


“This taxi driver is completely innocent, he simply took a fare off an under threat individual and unfortunately he has now suffered serious gunshot wounds,” a senior source told the Herald.

The scene on George Street at the Bridge of Peace was last night sealed-off to facilitate a garda technical examination.

In the aftermath of the shooting, gardai were searching for a vehicle believed to have been used in the attack. It’s thought this car was found burnt out near the town a short time later.

“The driver of the taxi, a man understood to be in his late 30s injured in the shooting, has been removed by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening,” a garda spokesman said last night.

In recent days, gardai had received intelligence of a planned outbreak of violence being directed by the Maguire faction against their rivals, which led to detectives carrying out additional patrols. On Saturday morning, a 20-year-old criminal linked to the anti-Maguire gang was the target of an apparent hit attempt after claiming he was shot at near his home.

He is a close associate of the target of last night’s gun attack and both are currently facing charges for the same offence.

Gardai are investigating a report that the 20-year-old left his home with another associate in a VW Passat but they were followed by a black VW Golf.

A short time later in the Moneymore area, the Passat was rammed by the other vehicle which caused the car to spin around, hit a kerb and crash.

It is then alleged two men wearing balaclavas got out of the Golf and one of them fired a number of shots with a handgun at the 20-year-old, who fled the scene uninjured with his associate.

Gardai were quickly alerted but an examination of the scene failed to yield any evidence of bullet casings.

There have been no arrests and no one was injured.

Ahead of last night’s shooting, sources revealed Maguire’s faction had “upped the ante” in recent days. This led to a number of surveillance operations taking place as tensions threaten to spiral out of control.


There have been a number of murders and attempted killings linked to the Drogheda feud.

Last August Keith Branigan (29), a member of the crime group feuding with associates of Owen Maguire (35), was shot dead outside a caravan park in Clogherhead.

In July 2018 mobster Maguire was shot and seriously injured in the first major incident of the feud. He was lucky to survive and spent the following 10 months in hospital recovering from his injuries. The following April, his brother Brendan Maguire survived an attempt on his life at the M1 retail park in Drogheda.

The target in last night’s shooting is the chief suspect in the attempted hit on Brendan Maguire.

He is also an associate of murdered Branigan and within hours of that killing had approached a number of rival criminals and “was making all sorts of threats”.

Sources say he has been “driving a lot of the hatred” in the feud and is suspected of being the man recorded goading and abusing Owen Maguire last year in a recorded phone call.

In the video recorded and shared on social media. Maguire, confined to a wheelchair, is ridiculed about being left paralysed with the rival mobster goading him: “Do you want to go for a walk and sort this out.”

A local grandmother told the Herald: “It’s like this town is getting worse by the day. People are scared to leave their own homes.

“I hate to say it but I can’t see an end to all this violence.”

Another woman described how she heard a number of loud bangs when walking through the town.

“It’s like everyone who lives here is constantly on high alert,” she said.

Drogheda is literally under a curfew by Gangland.  Armed Response units are only a temporary answer.  Community policing links up with the people and then when the people get to know their local Gardai, not through hostility but through friendship and Trust, then there could be hope in tackling the scourge of Gangland across this country. It will take a collective response from a number of agencies in this country eg the Gardai, teachers, parents, and most importantly the will and the drive of the incoming Government whoever it may be to take down these Murdering Thugs.  I will also add to this that Parents have a responsibility also to check if their children are keeping the wrong company and are taking drugs to be aware and act.  At the moment Garda HQ in my opinion looks like a funeral parlour, awaiting the Corpse!  Commissioner Drew Harris has to show leadership now and get his Gardai out on the beat and interacting with the people and he needs to stop the Gardai going around in squad cars aping Dirty Harry – the movie.  The old way is coming back to teach us that Gardai on the beat are more important than squad cars.  Fred 

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