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Sunday 18 February 2018

Locals left fearful and sad after brutal killing

Blaithin Clancy-Philbey with colleague Gary Mooney in The Market in Belarmine where Ms O’Hara shopped.
Blaithin Clancy-Philbey with colleague Gary Mooney in The Market in Belarmine where Ms O’Hara shopped.

Alan O'Keeffe

ELAINE O'Hara was described as "a lovely woman" whose mystery death has instilled fear and sadness in her local community.

Residents and workers in the Belarmine residential complex in Stepaside, south Dublin, spoke of their shock and worry that a vulnerable local woman could be the victim of a predator.

She was a regular customer of The Market grocery shop and deli on the ground floor of her apartment building.

SECURITY

"She was a lovely woman who had her whole life ahead of her," said shop assistant Blaithin Clancy-Philbey.

Ms Clancy-Philbey said that the young woman's death and the closure of the local garda station has impacted on people's sense of security.

"It's terrifying to think that a person responsible for what happened her could still be around somewhere," she said.

Sarah Darcy (29), former chairperson of the local youth club, said: "It's very sad.

"There were posters up all over the place when she went missing.

"I've tried talking to my 10-year-old about the news of what happened.

"I have been telling my child that there are people who could be dangerous."

Irish Independent

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