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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Fine Gael TD gives information to gardaí sparking 'new inquiry line' in Tom Oliver murder

Fitzpatrick meets gardai, tells Provos to 'come clean' on killing

Tom Oliver
Tom Oliver
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A Fine Gael TD has given information to gardai investigating the Provisional IRA's murder of father-of-seven Tom Oliver, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick confirmed he met gardai last week to discuss the review of the murder of the innocent farmer and passed them information he believed to be relevant to the investigation.

"I met with senior gardai in Louth on Friday morning and it was a very productive meeting where they confirmed to me that they were looking into fresh lines of inquiry," Mr Fitzpatrick said in a statement. "I strongly encourage those with information that could be helpful to the investigation to come forward."

He later confirmed he gave gardai information relating to the case. "I spoke with gardai and told them information I had relating to the murder," he told the Sunday Independent.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams angered Mr Oliver's family and the farming community when he suggested the young father's murder was "politically motivated". He also said it would be "absolutely counter-productive" to jail those responsible for the cold-blooded killing.

Last week, Mr Adams urged Mr Fitzpatrick to speak to gardai if he had any information about Mr Oliver's murder. Yesterday, Mr Fitzpatrick said the "time has come" for those involved in the IRA's brutal terrorism campaign which led to Mr Oliver's death to "come clean".

"Deputy Gerry Adams has said that asking for information on the torture and murder does not help the process of truth recovery. I would be very interested in any measures that Deputy Adams might have to aid the process of truth recovery," he said.

"I ask Deputy Adams, has the time not come for the Provisional movement, in the interests of law and order, to bring information to the Garda on the many murders they are linked with? Our justice system takes place in a court of law, not on back roads with blacked-out vans."

The TD was referring to Mr Adams's decision to bring the sons of murdered prison guard Brian Stack to meet those involved in their father's murders in a blacked-out van.

Mr Adams has denied that he knows anything about the murder of Mr Oliver by the terrorist organisation linked to his party.

Mr Oliver was dragged from his home in the Cooley Peninsula before being beaten and murdered by IRA terrorists. His body was found the following day in Armagh.

The IRA claimed responsibility for the murder and made the announcement in Sinn Fein's official magazine, An Phoblacht.

The IRA claimed Mr Oliver was murdered because he was an informant who tipped off gardai to the whereabouts of weapons used by the organisation. However, Mr Oliver's family categorically deny that he was a member of the IRA.

In Louth, people believe the farmer was murdered as a warning to other locals after he reported a barrel of weapons he found on his farm to gardai.

Sunday Independent

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