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'Significant progress' being made in Louth double murder

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:45

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The grim discovery of two bodies in a burnt out car in Ravendale shock the community.

SIGNIFICANT progress is being made in a Louth double murder, according to gardai.

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With an increase from one homicide to three, the division was rocked by three deaths in horrific circumstances, all of which took place in the Dundalk area last year.

The grim discovery of two burnt out bodies in a car in Ravensdale in early March sent shockwaves throughout the country. DNA tests later confirmed the victims were Anthony Burnett (32), from Croke Villas, Dublin and Joseph Redmond ( 25) from Ballybough, Dublin.

The charred remains of both men were found slumped in the front seat of the stolen car parked at the entrance to the forest. It is believed he men were shot in the head before the car was set alight.

Chief Supt Pat McGee confirmed that 'significant progress' had been made in the garda investigation of the double murders over the last ten months.

He added that they were focusing on a 'Dublin gangland' element being the main motive in the homicides.

The third murder in the county involved the tragic death of Dundalk woman Jacqueline McDonagh ( 34) who was found dead in her College Manor home last August.

Jacqueline's husband, Michael Quinn McDonagh, was charged with her murder just days after her death.

The homicides were included in the 2012 garda crime statistics, which Chief. Supt McGee explained can assist in identifying trends, such as common days and times when a range of offences occur.

' These annual figures do point to particular trends, and from that we can look at deploying resources accordingly.'

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