'We went to bed a normal family and woke up the next morning and Daddy was gone'

Gardai appeal for information on the murder of farmer Tom Oliver

Tom Oliver
Tom Oliver
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Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

The family of farmer Tom Oliver is appealing to the public over his murder.

RTE's Crimecall tonight hears from the family of Tom Oliver, who speak for the first time since the Co. Louth farmer was murdered in 1991.

On tonight's Crimecall we are appealing for the public assistance in relation to the murder of Tom Oliver. The appeal...

Posted by An Garda Síochána on Monday, October 23, 2017

"We went to bed as a normal family and we woke up the next morning and our Daddy was gone," one of his daughters tells Crimecall. "It shattered us is so many ways."

His son said he remembers his uncle saying there was no easy way to tell him that his father had been killed.

Gardai also released information about a car that Tom Oliver made a note of the registration that day. It was a black Toyota Carina mark 2, with the number plate UIR 919.

Mr Oliver, a sheep farmer, was abducted, tortured and brutally murdered by the IRA on July 19, 1991 and Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams told LMFM radio that Mr Oliver's death was "politically motivated" and suggested that his killers should go unpunished.

A number of Government politicians including the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed were critical of Adams' comments and said that any information that Sinn Féin has on the killing of Louth farmer Tom Oliver must be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

Adams also told LMFM radio that he was in in the area at the time.

"I was actually in, by complete fluke, I was on holidays down in Galway and came back up. I was in the Cooleys at the time Tom Oliver was killed. I was with my family in the Cooleys at that time," the Louth TD said.

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