We Have Campaigned Enough, We Can Take a Step Back and Get Back to Normal; PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR GANG VICTIM'S DAD

The Mirror (London, England), September 14, 2009 | Go to article overview

We Have Campaigned Enough, We Can Take a Step Back and Get Back to Normal; PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR GANG VICTIM'S DAD


Byline: SARAH BARDON

THE devastated dad of murdered Roy Collins said his People Of The Year award is the first step in helping him rebuild his life.

Steve Collins was given the accolade for his "extraordinary bravery in the midst of the unimaginable loss of his son".

But Steve said this will bring some closure to his family.

He added: "This will bring it all to an end. We have campaigned enough. We can take a step back and get back to normal.

"I am thrilled with the award. It is great to think we have the support of the people of Ireland. Every parent will know what it feels like to fear something will happen to one of their kids - it is torture but we want to put it behind us and try and move on with our lives."

Roy, 35, was shot dead at his family business last April. His adopted brother Ryan Lee was shot and badly injured in another family-run business in 2004.

Gardai believe Roy was killed because members of his family gave evidence against Wayne Dundon, a leading member of the McCarthy-Dundon gang who was convicted in connection with the 2004 incident.

Since his son's murder Steve has campaigned for changes in legislation to deal with criminal gangs. He also organised a peace rally which brought 5,000 people on to the streets of the city earlier this year.

Steve said Roy's two children, aged 12 and eight, have been doing well since their dad's murder. …

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