Monday 23 April 2018

Man arrested as part of garda probe into 1987 triple murder house fire 'known to victim'

Fire victims Mary Ellen Byrne (8) (left) and her sister Kerrie Ann Byrne (3) (right), pictured with their mother Elizabeth Byrne

Cathal McMahon and Ken Foy

A man been arrested by gardai investigating a triple murder following a fire that killed two young girls and their aunt 30 years ago.

The 50-year-suspect old, who was known to one of the victims, was arrested in north Co Dublin this afternoon and is being held at Leixlip Garda Station.

Kerrie Ann Byrne (5), her sister Mary Ellen (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20), who was babysitting them at the time, died in the blaze at the children's home in Church Lane, Kilcock, on September 20, 1987.

Kerrie and Mary's parents Aidan - who died in 2013 - and Elizabeth had gone to a 21st birthday party that night in the local area and Barbara was minding the girls.

Last week, gardai said that new evidence uncovered during a cold case review has turned the investigation into a triple murder inquiry.

Gardaí said they have discovered a number of strands of new evidence which they can not disclose in the event of a prosecution, but these led them to believe the fire was started deliberately.

Independent.ie has learned that the man arrested today was known to Barbara Doyle.

He previously lived in Kilcock but moved to North Dublin some time ago.

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