Tuesday 21 November 2017

Grim lesson that garda recruitment ban not making country safer

The remains of Jack and Tommy Blaine are takes from their home on New Antrin Street in Castlebar
The remains of Jack and Tommy Blaine are takes from their home on New Antrin Street in Castlebar
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

MORE than 15 years on, the communities living in towns and villages in the west still shudder at the memory of the cold-blooded murder of shopkeeper Eddie Fitzmaurice.

The 83-year-old pensioner endured a long, lingering death after he was beaten up, gagged and then tied to a chair in his room above the drapery store in the village of Bellaghy, near Charlestown, Co Mayo.

He was dressed in his pyjamas on the night of May 1, 1998, when his killers called and demanded cash.

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