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Murdered man 'lured to remote area by killers' before being stabbed to death

Gardai during the search at Rahin Woods, where the boduy was found
Gardai during the search at Rahin Woods, where the boduy was found

Gardai believe that murdered man Philip Finnegan may have travelled to meet his killers on the day of his disappearance.

The body of Finnegan (24) was discovered in the Rahin Woods area of Co Kildare last Friday evening by a walker.

He had been missing from his home in Mary Aikenhead House since August 10, and was reported missing to authorities the following day.

Gardai are investigating whether members of the Rattigan gang are responsible for the gruesome murder, and if Finnegan arranged to meet his killers by appointment.

Speaking at the scene where his remains were recovered, Chief Supt Barry McPolin appealed for any members of the public with information in relation to the murder to come forward.

Philip Finnegan

"We are appealing to any person who would have known Philip or would have information about his death or his associates to come forward and contact gardai.

"We want to say that Philip Finnegan was a son, a father to small children and he is sadly missed by his family.

"His life was snuffed out and left here in Rahin Woods and we're determined to get to the bottom of it," the Chief Supt said.

"He was (known to gardai) but obviously that does not excuse the manner of which he died or indeed why he died," he added.

It is understood that Finnegan left his home in the Kevin Street area on the morning of August 10, and travelled to the Rahin Woods area by car.

Gardai have said that they are not releasing the results of a post-mortem examination, which was conducted in Naas General Hospital this week.

It is understood that Finnegan, from south-inner city Dublin, was stabbed to death and suffered multiple wounds.

It is being investigated whether his killers were disturbed while trying to bury his body, which had been burned.

Finnegan was aware his life was under threat, and had been wearing a bullet proof vest when he was killed.

A number of motives are being investigated; one line of inquiry will examine if Finnegan was murdered by his associates in a dispute over money.