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Woman suspect in brutal knife murder of dad

A WOMAN may have had some role in the murder of a Dublin dad, gardai believe.

Officers are probing the possibility that Michael Gallagher’s shocking killing was ordered by someone known to him. A major line of enquiry is whether somebody with a deep personal grudge against him wanted him dead.



The 60-year-old was stabbed to death at his home in Tymonville Road, Tallaght on January 18, 2007.



A source said: "Investigations are very much active and a number of lines of inquiry are being pursued. The frenzied nature of this murder means that it was not a case of mistaken identity and the victim was the intended target, even though he had no links to crime. A lot of work still needs to be done on this investigation."

It was during last month's public appeal that detectives disclosed for the first time that they recovered an umbrella at the scene, which could lead to a fresh line of inquiry.

Yesterday, Mr Gallagher's two daughters appealed through the Herald for fresh information that could help gardai find his killers.

"He was just an ordinary man, he liked simple enough things, and then he went back to Leitrim at weekends to help renovate his old family home with his brother," said Orla Gallagher.

"It is just so bizarre. He wasn't involved in any crime. He was just a hard-working 60-year-old man. We are baffled -- and we appeal to anybody with information to come forward."

At one stage, gardai pursued a line that Mr Gallagher might have been the victim of mistaken identity as he slightly resembled another man who was suspected of being involved in a child abuse incident.

However this theory has been ruled out.

Gardai said they were particularly anxious to hear from anybody who might have washed bloodstained clothes around that time.

"There is no doubt that at least one of the men would have had blood on his clothes after the murder," an officer said.







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Gardai also want to hear from local residents who might have spotted two men, aged between 16 and 25 years, on the roadway near the house around 10pm that evening.

Mr Gallagher, painter and decorator, was watching television in the home he shared with his partner Sally Rogers when two men -- wearing ski masks -- called to the front door.

When Ms Rogers opened the door she was pushed aside by the two men. One of them had a knife and the other was carrying a hammer.

The two men rushed at Mr Gallagher, chasing him into the kitchen, where they stabbed him repeatedly. They then fled.

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