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March 31

Killing of Liam Murray

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 42 year old Liam Murray. Liam was discovered at his home in Rockbrook Cottages in Rathfarnahm on Friday the 20th of March 2009. A Post Mortem confirmed he died as a result of gunshot.

His family had not seen him for a number of days and asked a friend to call in on him. His friend found him and immediately called the Gardaí. Investigations have shown that Liam spent a large part of St. Patrick’s Day in the Headline Bar on Clanbrassil Street in Dublin before making his way towards his home in Rockbrook Cottages at around 6:20pm. Liam was driving a black Mitsubishi Pajero. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses who may have seen Liam on St. Patrick’s Day or if they noticed any suspicious activity around his home between St. Patrick’s Day and Friday the 20th of March.

Gardaí at Terenure Investigating - Telephone 01 666 6400

Knife Feature

In February 2009 An Garda Síochána launched a nationwide public information campaign to advise young people about the dangers of knives. The “How Big Do You Feel” campaign also teaches young people about the importance of ambition and the determination to realise their goals. This is demonstrated through the involvement of sports stars and other achievers who are willing to share their stories. 

Local Gardaí will contact schools in their areas in relation to the campaign. Parents and Teachers wishing to know more about the dangers of knife crime can visit a dedicated website, www.knifefacts.ie. They can also introduce younger people to the website www.howbigdoyoufeel.ie  


Murder of Joseph Rafferty

On Tuesday the 12th of April 2005 Joseph Rafferty was shot dead as he left his home at Hayworth Court, Ongar Park Dublin 15. Joseph was 29 years old and originally from Hogan Place in the centre of Dublin. He was employed by a Dublin based courier company and had his own van, a White Mercedes Sprinter registration number OCZ 7182.

At about 9.30am on the 12th of April 2005 Joseph left his apartment as usual. He walked across the car park and was getting into his van when he was approached by a lone gunman. He was shot twice at close range. He died at the scene.

The gunman then walked from the scene putting the gun into a holdall bag that he carried.

The gunman is described as being chubby. He wore a black woolly hat and a sleeveless high visibility vest. He carried a dark coloured holdall bag.


Gardaí at Lucan Investigating    Telephone 01 666 7300



Carlow Car Reg

Gardaí in Carlow are investigating a robbery at a Post Office located at the Staplestown roundabout in Carlow town. Two men entered the shop housing the post office around 11am on Thursday 26th of February. They managed to get access behind the counter and took a sum of cash from the tellers. 

One of the raiders was armed with a sledgehammer, while the other carried a kitchen knife. After the robbery the two men made their way to the bridge on Staplestown Road where a black BMW was waiting for them. This car had the Registration number 03D48606. This number had been duplicated from a similar BMW.

The car driven by a third person drove from Staplestown Road turning left onto St Patrick’s Avenue and right onto Pollerton Road. The raiders then drove in the direction of the Hackettstown roundabout continuing right onto the Brownshill Link Road. They turned left at Walls Forge onto the Wexford Road. The car was found abandoned 7 miles from Carlow in a country lane in Castlemore in Tullow. The BMW was stolen in Northern Ireland on the 16th of February 2009. Its registration number was CJZ7955.

 

Gardaí at Carlow Investigating    Telephone 059 9131 505

Clane Raider

Gardaí in Clane are investigating a robbery at a Supermarket in the Abbeylands Shopping Centre on Friday the 16th of January 2009.

At least three raiders entered the car park of the Abbeylands Shopping Centre in Clane at approximately 9:55pm. They were in a white Mazda 626. Witnesses say the car had a high rear spoiler. Two of the raiders got out of the car and made their way to the Supervalu Store in the main body of the centre.

The first raider was wearing a black monkey hat and a dark scarf. He carried a shotgun. The second raider was of a heavier build. He wore a dark hunting hat and carried a meat cleaver. He threatened staff while the gunman took the Manager to the cash office.

Both men made their getaway in the white Mazda. They took a right turn onto the Clane Relief Road towards the roundabout to Naas or Clane town Centre.

 

Gardaí at Naas Investigating    Telephone  045 88 4300



Sergeant Jim Molloy would like to remind viewers that Spring Clean month kicked off on Tuesday 24 March 2009. Spring Clean is an initiative organised by An Taisce. However, last year Community Gardaí in Tallaght joined forces with An Taisce and the local community.

Together they targeted particular hotspots in the Tallaght area and as a result of the joint initiative there was a reduction in the incidents of Public order, Anti social behaviour, underage drinking and graffiti in these areas.

Following on from that success An Garda Síochána has again joined forces with An Taisce and has piloted the Spring Clean initiative in four areas which include Tallaght and Store Street in Dublin, Athlone in Co. Westmeath, and Ennis in Co. Clare.

So if you live in those particulars areas get involved and help make your community a safer, cleaner area with improved quality of life for all.

If you want to know more about the campaign log onto www.nationalspringclean.org



Shooting of Robert Delaney at Russell Rise on the 22nd October 2008

Gardaí in Tallaght Garda Station are requesting the assistance of the public in relation to the shooting of Robert Delaney at Russell Rise on the 22nd October 2008. Robert remains in a serious condition in Tallaght hospital.

On the morning of the shooting, the 27 year old father of two answered a call at his door. He looked out his kitchen window and a gunman fired a shot, hitting Robert in the head.

The Gardaí in Tallaght are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen either:

(a) Suspicious activity in the Russell estate on the evening of 21/10/08 and the morning of the 22/10/08.

(b) An unregistered (with no number plates) white Honda Integra car which was stolen on the evening of the 21st October from a garage on the Naas Road and subsequently located in the Montpelier Estate.

Please report any sightings related to the above car, or any information relating to the shooting to the Gardaí at Tallaght at 01 666 6000.


Bank of Ireland Theft

Gardaí are making an appeal for information in relation to the investigation into the false imprisonment of a Bank of Ireland Employee and his family and the subsequent theft at the Bank of Ireland College Green over the 26th and 27th of February.

On the morning of the incident, the employee’s partner, her mother and a six year old child were left tied up in a blue Peugeot Van which was abandoned at the rear of an empty house in Rath, Ashbourne Co Meath. The house is located at the Ashbourne roundabout opposite the Marriot Hotel.

On the 1st of March at around 8:45pm a black Volkswagen Golf belonging to the family was discovered alight at the rear of Temple Lawns apartments in Northwood in Santry. Gardaí are appealing for any information regarding the movements of this car from Friday the 27th of February until Sunday evening the 1st of March.

The bank employee’s Red Toyota Celica was discovered burnt out at the rear of River Gardens apartment complex in Glasnevin Village at around 11am on the morning of the 27th of February. It was driven from Clontarf dart station around 8am and Gardaí are appealing for information as to its whereabouts until it was discovered at River Gardens. Did anyone see people fleeing the scene?

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity outside Portland Lough apartments on the morning of the incident between 7am and 8am. The apartments are situated between Croke Park and Dorset Street.

If anyone has any information in relation to the false imprisonment at the family’s home in Kilteel over the 26th and 27th of February and the subsequent theft at the Bank of Ireland in College Green they should contact the Pearse Street Incident Room at 01 666 9026.

 

Sergeant Jim McAllister will be in the studio to discuss the latest figures concerning road fatalities. With the Easter bank holidays approaching caution is needed when travelling on our roads.



Gardaí in the Bridewell want to speak to the man man who may have witnessed a serious incident on Little Mary Street in Dublin City on the 25th of January 2009 at approximately 3:40am.


Gardaí at Bridewell Investigating   Telephone 01 666 8200