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Woman appeals for help nine years after partner’s horrific murder

Crime DeskBy Colm Hayes
Michael Gallagher
Michael Gallagher

A woman whose partner was stabbed to death in front of her has made an emotional appeal for information.

Michael Gallagher, 60, was brutally murdered in a horrendous assault in the home he shared with Sally Rogers in Tallaght, South Dublin, exactly nine years ago today.

Nobody has been charged with the killing, while both Gardai and Michael’s friends and family remain perplexed over a motive.

The separated father of five from Mohill, Co Leitrim,  was stabbed 15 times when two masked men  - one armed with a knife, the other with a hammer – burst their way into the couple’s home on January 18, 2007.

Sally, a 60-year-old mother of five who works as a special needs assistant, said: “I’m extremely frustrated and haven’t been able to move on with my life.

“Those horrific memories are with me all the time.

“I appeal to anyone out there with information to come forward. Those men are still out there and justice needs to be served.

“We still have no idea why he was attacked and by who. He was a good man who had never been in trouble.

“I try to keep myself as busy as I can and I’ve another new grandchild to look forward to later this year, but it’s very hard.

“I’ll never get a sense of peace until I get some answers. But I just don’t know where we go from here, because the Gardai have nothing to go on.

“I used to go to Mass regularly and pray all the time, but I’ve lost my faith.

“We were so happy together and had great plans for the future, but this was all taken away and I don’t know why."

Sally, who sought counselling after the tragedy, will mark today’s anniversary by visiting Michael’s grave in Mohill.

She added: “I keep replaying the moment I opened the door to them and minutes later seeing Michael on the ground in a pool of blood, telling me he was dying.

“The anniversary is the most difficult day but I have to keep going. I’ll never give up fighting for justice. I believe this year will be the one we get a breakthrough.”