21st January 2020

In_pictures Drogheda feud: Leo Varadkar visits town in wake of murder

In_pictures Drogheda feud: Leo Varadkar visits town in wake of murder

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An Garda Siochána

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Keane Mulready-Woods was reported missing by his family on Sunday night

Gardaí (Irish police) have said that human remains found in a car in Dublin on Wednesday morning are those of 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods.

It follows confirmation on Wednesday night that remains found on a road in Coolock in the north of the city also belonged to the murdered teenager.

Keane was reported missing by his family on Sunday night.

Gardaí believe the murder is related to the ongoing feud between two Drogheda criminal gangs.

In_pictures ‘Crime does not pay’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Irish Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan visited Drogheda on Friday.

Mr Varadkar said he wanted to tell people across the country and in Drogheda that crime does not pay.

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Leo Varadkar said Drogheda would be made safe again

“We will get these people behind bars and make this town safe again,” he said.

“I really want to encourage anyone who has evidence or information to please come forward, because to get people into the Special Criminal Court, to get them convicted, we need evidence.”

Gardaí are also investigating reports of images and videos circulating on social messaging apps.

In_pictures ‘Brutal and heinous’

They said footage being shared is not of the killing of the 17-year-old boy, but is distressing to his family.

Speaking in Drogheda, the justice minister, Mr Flanagan said a line in the sand had been crossed by what he called “this brutal and heinous murder”.

He said those responsible would be brought to justice.

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Gardaí at the scene of a burn-out vehicle in Dublin where some remains were found

The discovery of his limbs on Monday night sparked an intensive investigation into organised crime, feuding gangs and murder.

Investigators said it should be remembered the victim was a child “trying to find his way in life”.

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A house in Rathmullen Park Drogheda was also searched

Gardaí are searching for the clothes Keane was wearing and iposted photographs of a similar outfit on their Facebook page.

As part of the investigation, gardaí sealed off a house as a crime scene in Rathmullen Park in Drogheda and blocked off the laneway at the back.

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An Garda Siochána

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Gardaí released pictures of a coat similar to that worn by the teenager on Sunday night

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The victim was wearing a baseball cap with this logo when he disappeared

Specialists are reported to have discovered traces of blood and evidence of an attempt at a clean-up.

They are investigating the possibility that the teenager may have been taken and attacked.

Three other locations linked to the main figures in both feuding gangs have also been searched.

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