Fears that missing father Barry was killed by criminal gang
Gardaí fear that a man who has been missing from his Wicklow home for almost two weeks may have been murdered by a violent Dublin gang.
There has been no trace of father-of-one Barry Corcoran (38) since he was last seen in west Dublin on July 6.
Sources have revealed that gardaí are investigating if the missing dad may have been killed after falling foul of a dangerous crime syndicate who have links to a major gangland figure.
Mr Corcoran, who gardaí consider to be a "small time criminal", was released from prison a number of weeks ago after serving three months for minor offences.
It is understood that he had travelled to an estate in the Clondalkin area of Dublin the night he disappeared to meet an acquaintance.
His brother William has said that he told friends and family members that he would be home the following day. However, they raised the alarm when he didn't show.
"I just feel it in my waters that something is wrong," said William, who shares a house with Barry in the Ocean View Estate in Wicklow town.
The worried brother added that Barry had left his phone and passport at home.
"He doesn't have any bank accounts we can check either; there's no credit cards or anything. He dealt in cash and lived day-to-day on his dole.
"He needs the dole to live and he didn't collect it on Monday. So that's when I thought something was definitely up. That's when the worry set in," he said.
Barry, a father of a five-year-old girl, has battled with drug addiction in the past.
But despite minor run-ins with the law, William said he never brought any trouble to their door.
"I don't think he's in trouble with anyone. Then again I'm not sure if he would tell me if he was . . . Nobody ever came here looking for him or looking for money or making threats.
"I don't know who he's been hanging around with, but the dole and his child are his life and now he's just gone too long.
"I'm very concerned for him. Something is wrong," he added.
"The gardaí are getting on with their investigation. They are in touch with me around twice a day," William said.
"They say they are collecting CCTV and trying to search his phone history."