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Sophie Toscan du Plantier: No stone will be left unturned in finally tracking down killer, says Taoiseach

A new investigation into the 1996 murder has been announced by the Serious Crime Review Team of An Garda Síochána

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Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

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Advances in DNA technology and the passage of time may unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (pictured) in 1996

NO STONE will be left unturned to bring Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s killer to justice, the Taoiseach and Justice Minister Helen McEntee agreed today in the wake of an announced new investigation by the Serious Crime Review Team.

Agreeing with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris that the new Garda drive to solve the case will not be a box-ticking exercise, the pair seemed to agree that there was still a culprit alive to be held accountable for the 25-year-old murder.

The Taoiseach was firm in his view as he attended the opening of the refurbished Fitzgibbon Street garda station in central Dublin with the justice minister.

Micheál Martin said: “I don’t believe this is for the optics (in making a full review announcement).

“Knowing the commissioner and An Garda Síochána as I do, this will be done professionally, and will be done objectively, obviously, from a policing perspective.”

He added: “We do know that with the advent of modern technologies, that opportunities arise now, perhaps that may not have been there at the time of the murder.

“I do believe it's important that no stone is left unturned in terms of finding out who murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier and also to bring that person to justice.”


Ms McEntee said: “I would reiterate the Taoiseach’s comments. I know no stone will be left unturned.”

She was commenting as it emerged that gardaí are likely to approach the Dutch police force to borrow M-Vac technology. This offers a quantum leap in the recovery of DNA from porous surfaces like the rock and concrete block used to murder Ms du Plantier outside her holiday home in Toormore, West Cork, on the night of December 22/23, 1996.

Ms McEntee said: “No Garda cold case is reopened with any intention other than to try and ascertain new evidence to try and make sure justice is served.

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“In this instance, it was a determined effort to make sure that the person who murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier is brought to justice.

“Every effort will be put behind this – and the Commissioner has assured me about that himself.”



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