In June 1996 reporter Veronica Guerin, was assassinated for running a fearless newspaper campaign to name and shame Dublin’s crime lords who had grown rich from flooding the city streets with drugs. Whilst the gangsters most vocal critic had been silenced her brutal murder would only expose their criminal empires and provoke an all out war with the power hungry men who had ruled the city streets for 30 years.
Dublin today is an attractive modern European city but after the second World War the newly independent nation of Ireland was struggling, thousands of families lived in appalling conditions. Two men born into this poverty would grow up to be key players in Dublin’s underworld. One was the anarchic Martin Cahill, later nicknamed “The General” and the other who is featured in this film was Christy Dunne, the head of one of Irelands most notorious families. This is the story of how these men and many others rose up the ranks to become some of the biggest figures in Gangland Ireland.