Cash reward for information on father's killers
Published 19/01/2010 | 05:00
A CASH reward is being offered for information which could help gardai track down the killers of a father of five who was stabbed to death in his home three years ago yesterday.
Victim Michael Gallagher (60) was knifed to death in a frenzied attack, while his partner, Sally Rodgers, was assaulted by a second man wielding a hammer.
The savage attack took place in the kitchen of the house at Tymonville Road in Tallaght, south Dublin, shortly after 10pm on January 18, 2007.
Mr Gallagher, who was a native of Mohill, Co Leitrim, was struck several times in the chest and also sustained stab wounds to other parts of his body.
One of the blows struck him in the heart.
Two men were seen on the roadway near the house shortly after the incident but were never traced.
Detective Inspector Pat Lordon, of Tallaght station, said last night : "We are very anxious to speak to anyone who may know the two men seen on the road or who was aware of suspicious activity in the area that night."
The reward is being offered by Crimestoppers, who can be contacted in confidence on the freephone number 1800 250025.
Meanwhile, gardai were last night continuing to question a man arrested in connection with the murder of Stephen O'Meara, whose body was found in a shallow grave on Christmas Eve. Mr O'Meara's body was discovered in a wooded area at Ballydonnell, near Red Cross in Co Wicklow.
The 26-year-old was last seen alive on August 6 in Wicklow town.
The suspect was detained by gardai outside Gorey, Co Wexford, on Sunday morning and taken to Wicklow garda station.
The 46-year-old man is being held under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007, which allows gardai to hold him without charge for up to seven days.