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Coll' from grace Council house seized from Limerick drugs boss Kieran Collopy

The move is just one part of a legal onslaught against the gang who played a key role in the city's decade-long underworld feud.

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Kieran Collopy

Kieran Collopy

The council house in St Ita’s Street, Limerick, that was once the home of Kieran Collopy

The council house in St Ita’s Street, Limerick, that was once the home of Kieran Collopy

Demolished homes in the Collopy stomping ground

Demolished homes in the Collopy stomping ground

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Kieran Collopy

This is the house seized from Limerick drugs boss Kieran Collopy - the latest member of the crime clan to lose a property, thanks to his illegal activities.

It is just one part of a legal onslaught against the gang who played a key role in the city's decade-long underworld feud.

Currently serving an eight-year sentence for possessing €38,000 worth of heroin along with his brother Brian, he claimed he will now have nowhere to live when he is freed from prison.

He said he would not get involved in anti-social behaviour when released later this year.

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The council house in St Ita’s Street, Limerick, that was once the home of Kieran Collopy

The council house in St Ita’s Street, Limerick, that was once the home of Kieran Collopy

The council house in St Ita’s Street, Limerick, that was once the home of Kieran Collopy

Local authorities in Limerick won a legal battle this week to repossess his council house in The Island Field in the city.

The 45-year-old gave evidence in court as he appealed a previous decision in 2016 by the city council to take back the house at St Ita's Street.

The council acted after complaints about Collopy's anti-social activity, which gave them the legal grounds for the move.

It emerged that while he had been a council tenant since 2005 he hadn't lived at the property since 2005. However, Collopy argued that he had since had an acrimonious break-up with his partner and the property is the only place he can go to live when he has completed his sentence.

He said it had been left uninhabitable while he had previously been in prison.

The council argued that while his drug dealing took place at another address in the area it was still a breach of his tenancy agreement.

It was also heard gardaí are concerned about the purpose for which the property is being used, and Collopy has made no attempt to secure it or stop it being used by other people.

It's not the first time a member of the Collopy clan has lost a house due to gangland activities.

His brother Brian, who has been served tax demands by the Criminal Assets Bureau, has previously had his Fedamore house sold off by the authorities.

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Brian Collopy

Brian Collopy

Brian Collopy

The most recent tax demand totalled €1.3 million. The criminal faction to which they belong also remain the targets of CAB.

Last summer officers from the specialist unit led a massive operation against the Keane/Collopys that saw two cocaine presses seized as well as about €220,000 in cash.

Jewellery, watch and a vehicle were also seized along with deeds to a property in Dubai while €119,000 was frozen in two bank accounts.

The Sunday World has previously revealed how Brian and Kieran Collopy continued to deal drugs behind bars, where they are suspected of controlling the supply into Limerick prison.

Another brother, Jonathan, is fighting a High Court challenge to stop his extradition to Bulgaria over a drunk-driving charge, claiming prisons there are over-crowded and unsafe.

The court previously heard that Collopy, who has a serious drugs conviction from 2004, was arrested last year after a European Arrest Warrant was issued by Bulgarian authorities.

His brother Vincent Collopy has been extradited in the opposite direction, from Bulgaria to Ireland, over making threats to a witness, and served three years in prison.

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Vincent Collopy

Vincent Collopy

Vincent Collopy

Brian, Vincent and Damien Collopy all served time over making threats to the same man in 2011, a former associate who gave evidence against two of the brothers.

Their brother Philip had been a notorious gangland enforcer in the city until he accidentally shot himself in the head while showing off a gun in 2009.

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Philip Collopy

Philip Collopy

Philip Collopy

Brian was shot twice in the leg and ankle in 2006 in what was believed to be an assassination bid. His son Kenneth is serving life in prison for the 2011 murder of Damien Fitzgerald.

The criminal clan had been one of the key gangs in Limerick and were aligned to the Keane faction based in their stronghold of St Mary's and St Ita's Park on 'The Island'.

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