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Well-known gangland figure arrested after high-speed wrong-direction motorway chase

Liam Keane
Liam Keane
Well-known gangland figure arrested after high-speed wrong-direction motorway chase

A SIGNIFICANT gangland player has been arrested after leading gardai on a high-speed chase in the wrong direction along a motorway.

Liam Keane (32) was only recently released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence in the high-security Portlaoise prison.

He and another gangster pleaded guilty to the possession of a Glock semi-automatic weapon and 13 rounds of ammunition in Limerick on May 4, 2008.

Exclusive Sunday World pic of Keane back on the streets following his release

Over the weekend in Limerick, Keane was driving a car that failed to stop at a checkpoint and subsequently drove the wrong way along a section of the M7 motorway and struck an oncoming car. He failed to stop at a subsequent garda checkpoint before escaping the attentions of the gardai.

He was arrested a few hours later in the Garryowen area of the city, and is due to appear in court later today.

Keane's notorious father Christy Keane (55) was shot on the grounds of the University of Limerick last June as he parked his car early in the morning.

The attack left him seriously injured.

Detectives last month arrested three criminals in relation to the shooting, but they were released without charge.

Liam Keane had been locked up since he and his associate Greg Crawford (29) were arrested during a major operation mounted by the Emergency Response Unit.

Liam Keane

The Glock, which was loaded and ready to use, was found in their car.

Keane, who has around 50 previous convictions, walked free from a murder trial in November 2003 after several witnesses denied making statements to gardai identifying him as the killer of Eric Leamy (19) in 2001.

Barry Duggan