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Saturday 23 September 2017

Man is quizzed over murder of shot dad James

A MAN was today being quizzed about withholding information about the savage murder of James Kenny McDonagh.

The suspect, in his 20s, is thought to know details about Mr Kenny McDonagh's shooting and burial in a shallow grave in the Dublin Mountains.

Mr Kenny McDonagh (28) disappeared in October, 2010 and his remains were only found last week after hillwalkers stumbled across a makeshift grave.

This is the first arrest in the investigation which detectives have "done a huge amount of work on", according to sources.

"This arrest will be the first of many," a source added.

The development in the investigation comes as the victim's mother Jackie revealed to the Herald that she had chosen the Michael Jackson song You Are Not Alone to be played at his funeral.

Jackie is arranging his funeral, but may have to wait another week or more before her son's remains are released to her by the coroner.

"I have the details organised, but I'm just waiting now to get a date for the funeral," Jackie Kenny told the Herald.

"There will be two black horses and a carriage, and a piper as well. James will get a good send off. And we have chosen Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone to be played as well," she explained, saying it was a fitting tribute after he had been missing for so long.

While Mr Kenny McDonagh's remains were identified using dental records, bone samples have been sent for DNA analysis and his body will not be released until results have come through. "The waiting is so hard, but I have to be patient," said the distressed mum.

Hillwalkers found the skeletal remains of Mr Kenny McDonagh on January 8 in a shallow grave in Ballinascorney Wood off the Bohernabreena Road.

The father-of-two vanished on October 27, 2010. His burned-out car was later found in Newcastle, west Dublin.

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