No evidence to suggest Dunleer youths 'silenced'
Garda bosses heading up the investigation into the death of Cameron Reilly in Dunleer on May 26 say that the young friends of the 18-year-old victim have 'fully co-operated' with the investigation.
There had been reports in some quarters that they were being intimidated or 'silenced' but there is no evidence of that.
''We appreciate the co-operation from the public,' Supt Andrew Watters told the Ardee area Joint Policing meeting in the Market House in Dunleer.
'We have engaged with 20 or so friends of Cameron and all have fully co-operated with the police,' he stated.
Items of clothing and phones have been given to gardai and some people have been reinterviewed. None have raised issues about intimidation.
He said they had heard the suggestions about intimidation and if any evidence of this was found, it would not be tolerated.
He remarked that there had been an element of misinformation and comment in the national media and social media and that has 'not helped' the family or community.
They were still searching for Cameron's phone and bank card and if someone comes across any information in relation to their whereabouts, the gardai should be contacted.
The investigation has been an extensive one and when large scale resources are put into incidents like this, more and more knowledge is built up about what is happening in a community.
'There will be an appropriate policing response to rebuild a grieving community,' he stated. He added that the family should be afforded privacy as they try to deal with their tremendous loss.
The superintendent was responding to a statement delivered on the night by Tony Mallon from the Dunleer Community Development Board.
With Ray Buckley, a family member of Cameron, he spoke about the hurt in the 'fractured' community and they were seeking additional resources and a garda liaison officer to assist the community as 'Dunleer picks up the pieces'.
Ray Buckley said they appreciate the work being done by the gardai.
The meeting was held in Dunleer on the prompting of chairman of the committee, Cllr Pearse McGeough. 'I felt it was an appropriate thing to do,' he remarked.