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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Raonaid killer still protected by false alibi after 15 years

Tom Brady,

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

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Raonaid Murray who was killed near her home in Glenageary, Dun Laoghaire, shortly after midnight on September 4, 1999
Raonaid Murray who was killed near her home in Glenageary, Dun Laoghaire, shortly after midnight on September 4, 1999

Somebody may be unwittingly supplying a false alibi for the killer of Raonaid Murray, who was murdered less than 500 yards from her home, gardai say.

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The hunt for her killer remains a top priority for gardai and officers issued a fresh appeal to the public for help on the 15th anniversary of her death.

Raonaid (17) worked at a clothes shop, then known as Sally West, in Dun Laoghaire shopping centre in south county Dublin.

She left the premises at around 9pm on September 3, 1999, and walked with a friend to Scott's pub in the town.

Raonaid (inset) made arrangements with a friend to go to a nightclub later and then left the pub at 11.20pm to go home to change her clothing.

Her house is about a 15-minute walk from the pub. Her body was found at Silchester Crescent in Glenageary at 12.33am and there was a major garda investigation into her death.

Officers said last night that their investigation remained "live", with an incident room at Dun Laoghaire station and assistance from the force's cold case team in the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

They said lines of inquiry had been expanded in recent months and a lot of work completed to help pinpoint her killer.

But they appealed to anybody, who had doubts about the veracity of an alibi provided in the past or had other information which they previously considered insignificant, to contact the investigation headquarters at Dun Laoghaire station at 01-6665032 or 6665012, or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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