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Saturday 16 December 2017

Detective in 'Lying Eyes' case dies while jogging

Det Sgt Michael Moloney
Det Sgt Michael Moloney

A DETECTIVE centrally involved in the 'Lying Eyes' case has collapsed and died while jogging at a local sports facility.

Det Sgt Michael Moloney (51), a married father of three, had been jogging at the Lees Road Sports and Amenity Park in Ennis, Co Clare, when he was found in a collapsed state by a passerby.

Emergency medical services responded to a 999 call. However, Mr Moloney, known to his friends and colleagues as Mick, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Det Sgt Moloney, originally from Galway, lived in Ennis and was one of the lead investigators in the murder trials of Joe Heffernan and Colm Deeley, both of which concluded in Dublin just last week with both men being convicted.

He was also the lead detective in the case of Sharon 'Lying Eyes' Collins who was jailed in 2008 for conspiring to murder her partner and his two sons.

Mr Moloney is understood to have collapsed while returning to the nearby carpark after a run.

His wife Sadie travelled to Lees Road after being informed of the news.

Det Insp John Galvin of Ennis garda station said last night: "We are all extremely shocked and stunned at his passing. He was a loyal and trusted friend and colleague to the station party in Ennis and the local community."

Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins said: "He was an exceptional officer who served the force and his community with distinction and his loss will be felt by all who knew him."

Ennis-based solicitor John Casey said: "Mick was without any shadow of a doubt 'the man' when it came to serious crime."

Irish Independent

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