Sunday 17 December 2017

Man believed to be involved in murder of Alan Ryan found shot dead

A man believed to be a member of the Dublin gang which murdered Real IRA chief Alan Ryan has been found dead in a field.

Paul ‘Ralph’ Gallagher, who was in his mid 20s, was found shot dead in a Meath field this evening.

Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan

He had three gunshot wounds to his chest.

The man's body was discovered around 5pm this evening  when he was found in a Ballymacken field between Collon and Slane in county Meath.

Gallagher was believed to be a suspect in a number of shootings and was facing charges.

The body may have been in the field for several days.

He was found by a local farmer just after 5pm this evening.

Gallagher was reported missing to gardai in Drogheda earlier this week by his family who were concerned for his welfare.

Gallagher was from Newbrook Avenue in Donaghmede and was  in his mid 20s. He went with another man to meet a group of people in the field. It is believed he may have been collecting money.

Gardai in Navan are investigating all the circumstances surrounding Gallagher's death and the scene has been preserved for technical examination.

Two forensic officers last night combed the field where the body was located.

It was found on a tractor path, beside a hedge line dividing two fields.

A tent was erected over the remains and two gardai walked the surrounding area looking for evidence.

The body was later removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where a post mortem is due to take place in the morning. The area has been sealed off for a technical examination.

A local farmer said there is a very strong community alert system in place and the reports that "people were in the general vicinity".

An alert had been put out that there was a risk of cars being stolen. "There was a strange car seen on Tuesday night with people in it in the area," he added.

A murder investigation is expected to be launched  after the results of a post-mortem examination.

Gardaí are appealing to any persons with information or who can assist with the investigation to contact Navan Garda Station on 046 - 9079930, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station

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