‘Ireland’s criminal underworld is on the brink of a major bloodletting after a 17-year-old was brutally murdered north of Dublin on Sunday night.
At least 26 people have died in feuds between rival gangs in the last five years, but the violence dramatically escalated on Sunday when Keane Mulready-Woods was beheaded and dismembered in a videotaped killing in the town of Drogheda.
Footage of the killing has been circulating online along with videos of balaclava-clad men brandishing guns and machetes while threatening vengeance.
The killing also threatens to combine two ongoing turf wars between gangs in Drogheda and in the northern Dublin suburb of Coolock which involves an outfit known as Mr Big.
Ireland has been plagued with gang tensions for decades, along with low-level attacks and occasional killings, but a major period of feuding began back in 2015 with the Hutch–Kinahan feud.’
Read more: Ireland’s gangs at war: How bitter feuds have left at least 26 dead in five years and now threaten to spiral out of control after 17-year-old was dismembered