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Bomb parts found in dig for missing Ciara Breen


The search for missing Ciara Breen in Co Louth yesterday

The search for missing Ciara Breen in Co Louth yesterday

The search for missing Ciara Breen in Co Louth yesterday

The Army bomb disposal team had to render safe bomb component parts in the same area of Louth where searches are ongoing for the body of Ciara Breen.

The army have deployed 61 soldiers to the Balmers Bog area to assist gardai in the search for teenager Ms Breen, who went missing in 1997.

It was the second day soldiers were deployed, with 34 sent on Wednesday.

Gardai began searches around the 16-acre bog land around two weeks ago.

Ciara was 17 years old when she went missing from her home on Bachelor's Walk, Dundalk on February 17, 1997.

Meanwhile, gardai have issued a fresh appeal for information about the murder of Dublin teenager Raonaid Murray on the 16th anniversary of her death. Raonaid was brutally murdered in Glenageary on September 3 1999, aged 17, but investigators are still in the dark. Gardai said that they believe somebody is protecting the killer.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Nolan said that they are still fully committed to the investigation but public assistance is vital.

The Serious Crime Review Team at garda headquarters is providing assistance to the investigation team at Dun Laoghaire garda station.

Mr Nolan said somebody could be "unknowingly shielding a killer". "Anybody with any information which could assist in identifying a motive for the murder of Raonaid or if any person has any doubts about the veracity of an alibi provided, we would appeal for your immediate assistance," he said.

Raonaid was stabbed to death while walking home from a pub in Dun Laoghaire shortly before midnight.

She had been with a friend in Scott's Public House in Dun Laoghaire after she finished work at Sally West clothes shop in Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

She made arrangements with her friend to go to a nightclub after the pub, and left Scott's at 11.20pm to go home and change before heading to the nightclub.

Her body was found with 31 stab wounds 500 yards from her home.