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Gardai ‘making progress’ in hunt for slurry tank killers

Tom Brady and Barry Duggan

Published 02/06/2015 | 02:30

Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan

Garda hunting the murderer of Bobby Ryan, whose body was found at the bottom of a disused slurry tank, say their investigation is “still very much alive”.

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Officers are pursuing several active lines of inquiry as they prepare to complete a file on their exhaustive investigation for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

This follows a detailed review of developments in the case by detectives last week.

Mr Ryan (52) had been classified as a missing person for almost two years before the grim discovery on April 30, 2013.

Detectives arrested the prime suspect for the murder last June but the man was released without charge after questioning.

A woman was also arrested and questioned about allegedly withholding information. She was also released.

Officers said last night they continued to make progress with their inquiries and were now in the final phase of the investigation. The DPP will determine whether a criminal charge should be brought against the suspect.

John Ryan, brother of Bobby, said last night the family were still campaigning for justice for the murdered man.

“It is always a poignant time for us. He disappeared just before the June bank holiday weekend.

“Bobby was known the length and breadth of Tipperary from his work driving the lorry and working as a DJ. He was a loveable rogue,” John said.

His remains were found in a slurry tank two years ago by well-known farmer Pat Quirke. Mr Quirke was later charged with assault causing harm to Bobby’s partner Mary Lowry at Fawnagown, Tipperary town, between August 1 and 31, 2012.

He was also charged with burglary at the same address and handling stolen goods on December 3, 2012. All charges were dropped last year.

Mr Quirke is Ms Lowry’s former brother-in-law and was renting lands from her when he found the human remains.

John Ryan appealed to anyone with information to contact the gardai.

“Somebody knows something. Bobby didn’t jump into the tank of his own free will and put a slab on top of himself. Somebody out there knows what happened to him and it is time for our family’s pain to end,” said Mr Ryan.

He added: “Please go to the gardai if you know something or saw anything. We just want to get on with our lives and get justice for Bobby. He deserves that much.” .

His brother had been due to drive to work at Killough quarry, near Thurles, but after he failed to arrive, his family were alerted. Michelle Ryan found her father’s abandoned Citroen van in Bansha woods a few hours later.

A separated father-of-two, who used the stagename Mr Moonlight when he worked weekends as a DJ, Mr Ryan left Ms Lowry’s house shortly after 6am on the morning he disappeared in June 2011.

Despite extensive searches of the surrounding area, the remains were not discovered until the tank was opened by Mr Quirke.

Irish Independent

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