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Friday 20 October 2017

Traveller is now the chief suspect in bog murder

A MAJOR Traveller criminal is the key suspect for killing drug dealer Gerry Daly whose body was discovered in a bog.

Daly (43) disappeared from his home in Bailieborough, Co Cavan on June 26, 2011 after last being seen by his partner.

He was originally from Tallaght and bred dogs.

Daly was one of three men in a criminal gang. Of the trio only the Traveller, who is suspected to be behind Daly's murder, is alive.

The third man, Daly's next-door neighbour and criminal associate, former detective John Kerins (49), was shot dead in his home in November 2012.

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It is believed Daly was beaten to death, but the results of the post mortem on his body carried out at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy are not being released for operational reasons.

Both Daly and Kerins were involved with a Dublin crime gang, and it was a dispute over drugs and money that led to both men being killed, gardai believe.

While Kerins was once questioned in relation to Daly's disappearance and suspected murder he was never arrested.

The Traveller criminal from Blanchardstown who remains the chief suspect in Daly's killing has been arrested and questioned in the past.

Gardai are now assessing if they will re-arrest the man and hope that forensic evidence linking him with Daly's murder could be found on the body which was discovered by a farmer in Meath last Thursday.

The chief suspect has served time for his involvement in cannabis growhouses after gardai found a large-scale cultivating operation on his property.

Daly's remains were found on the Oristown Bog near Kells, The farmer immediately contacted gardai who were searching the area to locate IRA victim Brendan Megraw.

Items including jewellery helped identify the body of Daly and subsequent DNA tests confirmed that.

The Traveller suspect has strong links to murdered Traveller John Paul Joyce, the 30-year-old drug dealer from Grove Lane in Coolock who was found shot dead at Dunbro Lane near Dublin Airport on January 9, 2010.

According to sources, associates of Joyce were responsible for leading gardai on several wild goose chases in their searches for Daly by giving them tip-offs of possible leads in the Blanchardstown and Coolock areas.

They may now come under garda scrutiny and face questioning as to their motives for giving the false information following the discovery of Daly.

A former associate of the gang, who is an INLA member originally from the North but living in Cavan, could also be questioned.

Daly's family and his partner have posted messages on social networks.

"So many people have supported me and helped me this last 38 and a half months. I just want you all to know that my Gerry has been found," wrote Daly's partner Roisin MacUidhir.

"Totally heartbroken but relieved at the same time. I visited the area where he was found today and we are so lucky to have found him at all. I love you Gerry," she added.

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