Gardaí believe taxi driver murdered in row over payment
A TAXI driver who is believed to have been murdered over a fare will be laid to rest on Friday.
Martin Mulligan was violently stabbed to death following an altercation over an unpaid taxi fare in the Kilcurry area of Dundalk in Co Louth.
Gardaí believe the 53-year-old victim gave chase to more than one assailant after they fled from his vehicle in an attempt to dodge a fare. A knife was subsequently produced and Mr Mulligan was stabbed a number of times.
Gardaí are liaising with PSNI officials as it is feared the perpetrators may have fled across the Border following the killing.
Mr Mulligan will be reposed at his home on Lower Point Road, Dundalk, today and tomorrow, while his removal will take place on Friday morning to St Joseph's Redemptorist Church at 11am.
The church is a short distance from the home he shared with his wife Grainne and their two daughters, Shauna and Sharon.
Mr Mulligan was a former player with Sean O'Mahony's GAA club, where his nephew Gary currently plays.
The club will hold a minute's silence for the taxi man ahead of the Louth County Football Final against St Patrick's GAA club.
A source told how a probable motive being investigated is that Mr Mulligan attempted to chase a group who fled from his taxi.
"Nothing can be ruled out, but gardaí are looking into whether the victim was robbed or got into a dispute over a fare," a source said.
"A line of inquiry being looked at is that a person or several people may have ran from the victim's taxi in order to avoid paying a fare.
"The likelihood is that when the victim attempted to follow the man or men who fled from his taxi, a knife or sharp weapon was produced."
Mr Mulligan's body was found on the road about 200 metres from his taxi. No arrests have yet been made in connection with the murder.