Gardai widen search for suspected murder victim
GARDAI have widened their search for a missing man feared to have been murdered by a major gangster.
Officers fear James Kenny McDonagh (28) was abducted a week ago, shot dead and his body dumped.
An initial search was carried out near Newcastle, Co Dublin, after a wine-coloured Mazda 626 car, that was being used by Mr McDonagh, was found burnt out.
But that was called off yesterday and inquiries are now being extended in tandem with an intelligence-gathering exercise across west and south Dublin.
Senior officers said last night they were keeping an open mind on the reasons behind his disappearance. But they are checking information received by detectives that Mr McDonagh was involved in a row with a vicious criminal from west Dublin at the Memorial Park in Ballyfermot in April.
It has been suggested his disappearance is linked to that row, which was not reported to the gardai at the time. However, officers last night said this was only one line of inquiry being pursued.
Mr McDonagh, from Islandbridge Court, near Kilmainham, was known to gardai but was not regarded as a major criminal figure. He was said to have been involved on the periphery of some of the gangs but was not closely associated with any of them.
He was last seen in Bluebell at about 3pm yesterday week when he was driving the Mazda.
The car was burnt out that evening at Lock Road, Milltown, between Peamount hospital and the derelict Polly Hops pub in Newcastle village.
Gardai are particularly anxious to talk to anybody, who spotted Mr McDonagh, or the car, registration number 02 D 68758, on Wednesday, October 27.
They have appealed to those with information to contact Kilmainham station, 01 6669700, or the confidential line, 1800 666111.