Saturday 21 April 2018

Fresh appeal for information about mother-of-two murdered 34 years ago

Marie Tierney's remains were found in a ditch in December 1984
Marie Tierney's remains were found in a ditch in December 1984

Kathy Armstrong

A fresh appeal for information has been issued thirty-three years after the murder of an Irish mother.

Marie Tierney (34) was reported missing by her husband on October 22, 1984 after she left their home in Clintstown, Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny.

She had left their house the previous evening in their car, a Renault 18 Estate. registration number 35-HIP, and did not return.

Her car was found at Newpark Fen, Kilkenny later on October 22 and several witnesses said the vehicle was abandoned there at around 11pm on October 21.

A number of searches were carried out and on December 21, 1984 her remains were found by a man in a ditch on the Bleach Road in Kilkenny.

Marie had two children, aged 12 and 13 at the time of her death, and she ran a grocery shop and petrol station with her husband in Clintstown.

A post-mortem was carried out and a murder probe was launched.

Since then over 500 lines of enquiry have been opened and over 200 witness statements were recorded but no arrests have been made to date for her murder.

Marie Tierney was a married mother-of-two
Marie Tierney was a married mother-of-two

Gardai have stressed that the investigation is still ongoing and they will be speaking to anyone who has made statements about the investigation, they also are urging anyone who has any information about her death to come forward.

Several people have previously told gardai that they saw the Tierney's car parked at Newpark Fen on October 21 1984, they are appealing for anyone who saw it at that location who has not previously come forward to do so.

Gardai added in a statement: "Gardaí  are appealing to people who have not yet made themselves known to Gardaí or who, for whatever reason, were unable to make themselves available to Gardaí at the material time.

"With the passage of time relationships may have changed or circumstances may have changed which may enable persons to come forward with information to Gardaí that they may not have done previously.

"Time may have given context to something they felt was unimportant at the time but may be of assistance to the investigation.

"We have previously had great assistance from the public in Kilkenny in relation to similar serious crimes. We wish to thank the community at large and the media for their assistance then and we again seek their help in this case.

"Whilst over 30 years have elapsed there may be people who have information who for whatever reason have not come forward yet. We would ask those people to please make contact with An Garda Siochana."
Anyone with any information is urged to gardai in Kilkenny on 0567775000 or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800666111

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