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Gardai sceptical of claim that CIRA killed man

Tom Brady and Luke Byrne

Published 01/12/2011 | 05:00

GARDAI are sceptical of a claim that the Continuity IRA was responsible for Monday's murder of van driver David D'Arcy in the driveway of his home in Dublin.

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And the dead man's family has categorically rejected the suggestion that the father of two was shot dead by the renegade republicans because he was linked to a drugs gang.

A statement purporting to have been issued by the dissidents accused Mr D'Arcy of supplying information which led to the murder of Liam Kenny, described by them as 'officer commanding' the Continuity IRA in west Dublin in June -- and also to the shooting of an anti-drugs activist.

It also indicated that the dissidents had identified six members of this criminal gang.

However, senior garda officers said they had no information to support any of the allegations and they were sceptical of the statement and the suggestion that it had been issued on behalf of the Continuity IRA.

Mr D'Arcy was shot three times in the head and body as he sat behind the wheel of his employer's van outside his home at Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot at 6.50am on Monday.

Gardai have not established any firm motives for his murder, although they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry.

However, there is no information, gathered either before or after the murder, to indicate that the 39-year-old victim was involved with any criminal or dissident republican group.

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The allegations were also rejected by his son, David junior, on behalf of the family. He said the allegations were "not true, not true at all".

Liam Kenny, regarded by anti-terrorist gardai as a significant member of the Continuity IRA in the capital, was shot dead in early June through the front door of his home in Clondalkin.

Gardai believe that he was murdered by a west Dublin drugs gang after he had driven them out of the area.

Meanwhile, officers investigating Monday's murder have stepped up their inquiries in Limerick, where the getaway car used by Mr D'Arcy's killers was stolen on November 23.

The dark-blue Opel Astra was taken in the Hilltop area of the city, near St Patrick's Road. After the murder, it was found burnt out at Inagh Road, Ballyfermot.

Mr D'Arcy made regular trips to Limerick to deliver meat to local butchers and gardai are trying to establish if his murder is linked to any incident there.

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