Taxi driver killed in Dundalk overnight named as family speak of 'shock'

Gardai at the scene outside Dundalk
Gardai at the scene outside Dundalk
Gardai on the scene in Kilcurry, Co Louth
Gardai on the scene in Kilcurry, Co Louth

The shocking discovery was made in Dundalk in the early hours of this morning by passers by in the Kilcurry area north of the town on the road to Armagh.

The body of Martin Mulligan (53) was found at around 3.15am.

Mr Mulligan was from the Waterview estate on Lower Point Road in Dundalk.

Martin Mulligan

Gardai are keeping an open mind in their investigations but have not discounted robbery as a possible motive for the attack.

At the Mulligan family home this morning a nephew of Martin’s said they did not know why or how he was killed, and said they were all in shock.

“We’re waiting to hear. We really don’t know what happened,” he said.

A large number of family, neighbours and friends, gathered to comfort the Mulligan family.

It is understood the taxi driver’s body was found by a member of the public a short distance away from a taxi.

It is believed Mr Mulligan sustained a number of serious stab injuries.

He was pronounced dead and his body remains at the scene which has been preserved for technical examination.

The office of the State Pathologist was notified and Dr Michael Curtis carried out a preliminary examination of the body at around 11am.

At the scene today on a quiet link road from the R177, 4km from Dundalk, Mr Mulligan’s 2007 Louth registered beige Skoda Octavia taxi could be seen parked off the side of the road.

A blue forensic tent covering Mr Mulligan’s body could also be seen about 30 or 40 metres beyond the car indicating that he may have been attacked a distance away, or in the car and staggered away for help.

Members of the victim's family also visited the scene earlier this morning.

The chairperson of Dundalk Municipal District, Cllr Maria Doyle said, "I was shocked to hear about this death. To hear that someone has been stabbed and left to die alone in our locality is horrific."

The road is a back road to county Armagh and is boarded by a field on one side and the northbound carriage of the motorway the other side.

Garda Superintendent Gerry Curley, Dundalk appealed for anyone who travelled the road between 2 and 3am to contact them at Dundalk garda station.