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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Children of IRA victim Tom Oliver break their silence

Father-of-seven Tom Oliver was abducted and murdered in Co Louth
Father-of-seven Tom Oliver was abducted and murdered in Co Louth
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

The heartbroken family of IRA murder victim Tom Oliver have broken their silence more than 26 years after the father-of-seven was abducted and murdered.

Mr Oliver's son Eugene, who was just 13 when his father failed to return from calving a cow at the family farm in the Cooley Peninsula, said his family's world was turned upside down when their father's body was found in Armagh on July 19, 1991.

Speaking for the first time since the atrocity on RTÉ's 'Crimecall' last night, he recalled being woken by his mother at 6am wondering why his father hadn't returned home.

"The cow wasn't calved," he said. "That day was mayhem. I had to grow up overnight and take over the farm. There isn't a day I don't think of him," he said, urging anyone with information on his father's killing to come forward. "The family just want to know the truth."

His sister Siobhan, one of seven siblings aged between seven and 16 when Mr Oliver was killed, said they still don't know why he was killed. "He was a loving father and husband. He wouldn't have a bad word to say about anyone," she said. "It shattered us in so many ways".

Gardaí released new information on a black 1978 Toyota Carina Mk II seen in the area at the time. It was bought for cash by four men and had the registration UIR 919, which was noted by Mr Oliver the day before he was killed.

Gardaí said the car was used to monitor him.

Irish Independent

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