Manhunt is ongoing after mother killed
Gardaí are investigating if the gang who killed an innocent woman after they ploughed their getaway car into her following a robbery went to a local pub and drank pints afterwards.
The Irish Independent can reveal gardaí have identified a number of suspects in the horrific killing of special needs assistant and mother Jacqueline McGovern (54).
They are from the same south Dublin suburb and are known to gardaí for burglary, theft and assaults.
A manhunt was continuing last night for the suspects.
It can also be revealed gardaí have been going through CCTV footage from a pub in the area as part of their investigation.
A source said: "Early on three men were reported to have been in a local bar drinking pints after this robbery occurred and they were rattled by all accounts.
"This is one line of inquiry being looked at by gardaí to establish if these men were involved in the earlier robbery."
Ms McGovern, from Churchview Road in Cabinteely, Dublin was walking on Avondale Road in Killiney with her friend and colleague Audrey Behan when the getaway car used in the robbery shot across the junction from Ballinclea Road after mounting the path at speed.
The incident happened at 9.20pm on Monday after the robbery at the Centra shop on Barnhill Road in nearby Dalkey. Two men ran into the shop and threatened staff before making off with money from the cash register.
They left in a car being driven by a third man that was then involved in the fatal crash with Ms McGovern moments later.
The men abandoned the car at the scene of the crash and fled on foot.
Ms McGovern and Ms Behan were treated at the scene by emergency services personnel and taken by ambulance to St Vincent's University Hospital.
Ms McGovern died from her injuries while Ms Behan was treated for what are described as minor injuries.
Searches for the gang began immediately with the help of the Garda helicopter.
At first light yesterday morning the extent of the carnage of the scene was laid bare.
Shattered plastic and scrape and tyre marks showed where the driver of the getaway car lost control while speeding down Ballinclea Road from the Killiney Road direction, most likely after hitting a speed bump.
One local woman told the Irish Independent: "There was one car crashed and another in the middle of the road, and the women were on the ground.
"I think they were walking on the path but there were three shoes in the middle of the road too," she added.
Ms McGovern was an SNA in the local Our Lady of Good Counsel girls national school.
Ms Behan is also an SNA at the same school.
Both women were prayed for at Mass in the parish yesterday morning.
Principal of the school, Caroline Quinn, paid tribute to the women.
"We are devastated at the loss of our colleague who worked in one of our three classes for children with autism, and the injury of another staff member.
"Today is about supporting each other, the children, and the school community," she said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both colleagues," Ms Quinn added.
Last night locals said they were devastated about the loss of life.
"It's absolutely terrible. Jacqueline would be very well-known in the area," said one.
"She had two children, and her daughter was in the local secondary school."