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Gardai make arrest in connection with brutal gangland murder

Paul Gallagher
Paul Gallagher

Gardai have arrested a man in connection with the gangland murder of Paul Gallagher.

Gallagher, from Donaghmede in north Dublin, was shot dead when he went to a meeting in a field in Ballymacon on July 30 2014.

Today, gardai arrested a male in his thirties in the Navan area in connection with the murder.
The man is currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939/98 at Navan Garda Station.

Gallagher was shot a number of times and left in the field in Meath, where his body lay for three days. 

The 26-year-old's remains were discovered after his mother and family reported him missing .

The father-of-one, originally from Donaghmede, had been living in Drogheda.

Gallagher was believed to have been killed over a dispute with the infamous Mr Big drug gang.

At the time of his murder Gallagher was on bail and was due to face trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 12 charges of possession of cocaine, heroin and cannabis for sale or supply.

He had served a number of short jail sentences including a stretch from October 2011, to August 2012, for several minor criminal offences.

Gallagher was arrested and questioned in February of last year about the murder of Real IRA gang leader Alan Ryan in September 2012, but was not considered a suspect.