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'Witnesses in the area have not come forward' - gardai issue new appeal in The Beast murder probe

Gardai are also seeking dashcam footage

Aidan O'Driscoll
Aidan O'Driscoll
Aidan O’Driscoll (37) was shot dead in an ambush in Blackpool, Co Cork yesterday Newsdesk Newsdesk

Gardaí investigating the murder of former Real IRA chief Aidan O'Driscoll , 'The Beast', in Cork have said a number of people who were in the area at the time of the murder have not come forward.

Gardaí said they are aware that a number of people who were in the area at the "vital time" have not made contact with them.

Investigators are also appealing for motorists or cyclists with dashcams who were in the area to provide any footage around the time of the attack.

Four vehicles in the area are of particular interest to gardaí probing the murder.

The getaway car used, a Nissan Almera registration number 01 TS 1312, was in the general Blackpool area for a number of hours prior to the murder.

They are also seeking information who may have seen a white Vauxhall Astra van registration number 99 G 12357, a red Opel Astra car (reg no unknown) or a black Toyota Avensis (reg no unknown) on the day of the murder Wednesday December 7, particularly in the Blackpool area from 2pm to 5pm or in the Killeens area from 2pm to 6pm.

The 37-year-old was ambushed by two men in balaclavas as he was walking along the Old Commons Road in Blackpool on the northside of Cork city at around 5pm last Wednesday.

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He was shot in the back before the gunman pumped two further bullets into him as he lay dying.

O'Driscoll was a former chief in the Real IRA in Dublin before he was dispelled form the group after a falling out with Alan Ryan, who was himself murdered in September 2012.

However, one line of enquiry now being pursued is that he was killed because of a local dispute with republicans who he previously associated with.

One source familiar with the case said: “O'Driscoll had fallen out with a long line of people but at the moment it would appear that this is a localised dispute.

“Gardaí had examined his connection to Limerick based dissidents but this is very, very unlikely.

“Likewise they have not ruled out a revenge attack by local drugs gangs but again there is no evidence for this.”

Gardai "are appealing for anybody who was in the area of the Old Commons Road, Blackpool, Cork between 2pm and 5pm on Wednesday 7th December 2016 to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station 021-4522000 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111" investigators said in a statement.



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