Monday 26 September 2016

‘Our lads are now lying in a grave and the killers are still out’ - Sisters whose sons were gunned down in case of mistaken identity

* Killers in 240 such murders were never caught from 1980 to date
* More than 130 of these gangland murders in the last decade

Published 02/06/2016 | 22:12

Geraldine and Michelle, mothers of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010 being interviewed on RTE Prime Time
Geraldine and Michelle, mothers of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010 being interviewed on RTE Prime Time
Jean O'Connor whose son Eoin was murdered in 2014
Nell and Joe Maughan, whose son William disappeared in April of last year speaking to RTE Prime Time. It’s feared William and his girlfriend Anna Varslavane were murdered by a criminal gang and their bodies hidden.
Photo of Jean O'Connor and her son Eoin featured in RTE Prime Time report (02/06/16). Eoin was murdered in 2014 and his body left hidden on an island at Lough Sheelin on Cavan/Meath border. His body was hidden for five weeks along with that of his friend Anthony Keegan.
Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010

Two sisters whose sons were gunned down in a case of mistaken identity have spoken of their grief and anger that their killers still haven’t been brought to justice.

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In November 2010 cousins Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy were shot dead at a filling station at Tesco Clearwater in Finglas. They were murdered by members of a Dublin gang who then fled across the border Despite a massive Garda investigation, no-one has been charged for the double murder.

Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010
Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010

In a special RTÉ Prime Time report this evening, Geraldine, mother of Mark said that the fail to catch the killers has added to their grief.

“They went to the shop that night like anybody else to get a DVD and a packet of cigarettes. Mark had a little girl, she was only nine months old. He picked Glen to be the Godfather. Mark and Glen were always together. Our lads are now lying in a grave and the killers are still out walking and living.”

Geraldine’s sister Michelle Murphy appealed for people with information to come forward

“Somebody knows something. And we need those people to come forward. I’m not saying it would bring Mark and Glen back that’s never going to happen but it would help us. It could do tremendous things.”

More than 130 gangland murders which have not been solved, and from 1980 to the present day the killers in 240 such murders were never caught.

Jean O’Connor said her son Eoin had borrowed her car to travel with his friend Anthony Keegan from Dublin to Cavan in April 2014 but they never returned.

The pair were classed as missing persons for five weeks before their bodies were found in May 2014.

The pair were shot on the head and their bodies were found at Inchicup island at Lough Sheelin on the Cavan/Meath border.

In a heartfelt interview, the father of missing Dublin man William Maughan also made an impassioned plea for his body and that of his girlfriend, Anna Varslavane, to be returned.

“We know that William and Anna were murdered. But our priority is to get the bodies back, to give them a Christian burial,” Nell Maughan told RTÉ Prime Time. “What we are going through I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Just pick up the phone and tell where the bodies are.”

Anyone with information on any unsolved murder can contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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