Wednesday 24 May 2017

Burnt-out car dumped in ravine may be linked to Aidan O'Driscoll murder

Aidan O'Driscoll
Aidan O'Driscoll

Robin Schiller

Gardaí are investigating whether a burnt-out vehicle dumped in a remote ravine is linked to the murder of a former Real IRA chief earlier this month.

Aidan O'Driscoll (37) was shot dead at the Old Commons Road, Blackpool, Co Cork, on December 7.

Aidan O'Driscoll
Aidan O'Driscoll

It is being investigated whether 'The Beast' was targeted by former dissident associates.

Gardaí believe a red Opel Astra vehicle was used in the murder plot, but were not able to locate the vehicle in the days following the killing.

However, on Tuesday of last week a car matching the description of the red Opel was located in a ravine between Rylane and Nadd in the Boggeragh Mountains, north Cork.

The car had been burnt out and dumped in the remote location, making it difficult for gardaí to recover the vehicle.

Aidan O'Driscoll pictured at a protest against the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 2012. Picture: Collins Photos
Aidan O'Driscoll pictured at a protest against the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 2012. Picture: Collins Photos

Officers managed to carry out forensic tests on the abandoned Opel and do not believe that the car was stolen prior to the murder.

It is yet to be officially determined if the vehicle is linked to Aidan O'Driscoll's murder.

But a source stated that "all indications so far" match it to the red Opel Astra for which gardaí previously appealed for information.

Two other burnt-out cars believed to be linked to the killing were recovered in the immediate aftermath of the murder.

A silver grey Nissan Almeira car and a white Vauxhall Astra van were recovered at Redemption Road and in Killeens, which gardaí say were directly used in the gun attack.

Aidan O'Driscoll, a father-of-two, was shot in the back before the gunman pumped two further bullets into him as he lay dying.

O'Driscoll was a former chief in the Real IRA in Dublin before he was dispelled form the group after a falling-out with Alan Ryan, who was himself murdered in September 2012.

However, one line of enquiry now being pursued is that he was killed because of a local dispute with republicans with whom he previously associated.

Detectives from Anglesea Street garda station are leading the murder investigation but no arrests have yet been made.

Irish Independent

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