Family's horror after taxi driver founded 'stabbed to death' near car on quiet road
* Victim named locally as Martin Mulligan
* Deputy State Pathologist visits the scene
* Family of victim also visit scene
* Nephew of victim say family in shock
A TAXI driver found dead near his car in the early hours of the morning is believed to have been stabbed to death.
The shocking discovery was made in Dundalk in the early hours of this morning by passers by in the Kilcurry area north of the town on the road to Armagh.
The body of Martin Mulligan (53) was found at around 3.15am.
Mr Mulligan was from the Waterview estate on Lower Point Road in Dundalk.
Gardai are keeping an open mind in their investigations but have not discounted robbery as a possible motive for the attack.
At the Mulligan family home this morning a nephew of Martin’s said they did not know why or how he was killed, and said they were all in shock.
“We’re waiting to hear. We really don’t know what happened,” he said.
A large number of family, neighbours and friends, gathered to comfort the Mulligan family.
It is understood the taxi driver’s body was found by a member of the public a short distance away from a taxi.
It is believed Mr Mulligan sustained a number of serious stab injuries.
He was pronounced dead and his body remains at the scene which has been preserved for technical examination.
The office of the State Pathologist was notified and Dr Michael Curtis carried out a preliminary examination of the body at around 11am.
At the scene today on a quiet link road from the R177, 4km from Dundalk, Mr Mulligan’s 2007 Louth registered beige Skoda Octavia taxi could be seen parked off the side of the road.
A blue forensic tent covering Mr Mulligan’s body could also be seen about 30 or 40 metres beyond the car indicating that he may have been attacked a distance away, or in the car and staggered away for help.
Members of the victim's family also visited the scene earlier this morning.
The chairperson of Dundalk Municipal District, Cllr Maria Doyle said, "I was shocked to hear about this death. To hear that someone has been stabbed and left to die alone in our locality is horrific."
The road is a back road to county Armagh and is boarded by a field on one side and the northbound carriage of the motorway the other side.
An incident room has been established at Dundalk Garda Station. A senior investigating officer and a Garda family liaison officer have also been appointed in the case.
Superintendent Gerry Curley at Dundalk Garda Station today is appealing for witnesses to the incident.
He confirmed that Martin Mulligan began working as a taxi driver last night, in his silver Skoda Octavia registration number 07 LH 5599 at approximately 9.30pm.
Superintendent Curley added that Gardaí are appealing for any person who may have utilised Mr. Mulligan’s services during the night to contact them or anyone with information, particularly those who were in the Cran More/Kilcurry area between 1am and 3.30am this morning, Monday 28th September 2015.
He is appealing for witnesses to contact the incident room at Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800666111 or any Garda Station.