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Two held over 2009 fatal shooting of mechanic

TWO men were being questioned last night by gardai investigating the murder of a motor mechanic who is believed to have owed money to a former key member of the Provisional IRA.

Liam 'Blackie' Murray was shot once in the head and four times in the body with a handgun as he lay in bed at his home, where he lived alone, at Rockbrook Cottages, Edmondstown Road in Rathfarnham, south county Dublin, in March 2009.

Gardai have been investigating a likely link between the incident and a debt he owed to a Provisional activist in the capital. Special Branch officers were drafted into the murder inquiry after detectives established that Mr Murray had some business dealings with the former Provo.

Detectives carried out a number of raids on homes in south of Dublin city yesterday morning and detained a 49-year-old man in connection with the murder.

He was being questioned last night at Terenure garda station. A second man, aged 47, was being held at Rathmines garda station for allegedly withholding information about the shooting.

Mr Murray, who had a small garage business in Templeogue, was known to have dabbled in property in the years prior to his death.

Officers believe the murder is linked to a row over money and, possibly, a business deal that went wrong.

Gardai have also been investigating a couple of arguments in which Mr Murray had been involved, including a row with a suspected member of an organised crime gang.

He was subsequently advised by a friend to "make peace" with the criminal.

Mr Murray had been seen in a pub at the junction of South Circular Road and Clanbrassil Street until about 6pm on St Patrick's Day in 2009.

He was spotted again later that night in the Terenure area.

There was no evidence of a break-in at his home and gardai were trying to establish if he might have known his killer and let him into the house.

Irish Independent