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New developments Eight arrested in connection with murder of Mark Loughlin in Allenwood, Co Kildare

Gardaí say the fatal attack on Mark occurred hours after a collision between a Silver Audi A4 and a Renault Trafic van in the Allenwood South area of Kildare at 12.45am that Sunday.

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Mark Loughlin

Mark Loughlin

Mark Loughlin

Eight people have been arrested by gardai investigating the murder of Mark Loughlin, who died in the early hours of January 3, in Co Kildare. 

The eight, including six men, one woman and a male juvenile, are currently being quizzed about the murder and related offences at stations in Kildare and Laois.

They were arrested after investigating gardai, backed up by officers from across Kildare and the Laois / Offaly Divisions, carried out an operation that involved the search of a number of premises.

The 29-year-old, from Edenderry, Co Offaly died in Naas General Hospital in the early hours of Sunday, January 3 after he was found with severe injuries on the roadside in Allenwood, Co Kildare.

Gardaí say the fatal attack on Mark occurred hours after a collision between a Silver Audi A4 and a Renault Trafic van in the Allenwood South area of Kildare at 12.45am that Sunday.

Officers from Robertstown arrived at the scene but the parties present declined to make a complaint.

The cars were seized for forensic analysis and gardaí left the area.

Three hours later, at 3.49am, gardaí received a further call about an assault and public order incident near the scene of the earlier crash.

When they arrived they discovered Mark unconscious on the road as another person appeared to be administering CPR.

Medical assistance was sought and Mark was taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí believe Mark, who was known to gardaí and had 59 previous convictions, was one of the parties involved in the earlier collision.

"It appears the deceased man had travelled out to the Allenwood area with a group in a vehicle and they were confronted by another group - who would regard themselves as rivals," a source told the Sunday World at the time.

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"We would estimate the total number involved in the confrontation at approximately 20 people.

"All of them have been or will be spoken to and then there is another 10 people who would also have knowledge of the events.

"There had been threats in the lead up to this event and the thinking would be that this meeting was to have been some kind of straightener.

"The most accurate way of describing this would be to say there was a significant outbreak of violence between two rival groups leading to the death of this man."

The source said gardaí were aware of a personal element to the dispute, involving a woman, between Mark Loughlin and one of the rival group - but said at the moment this is being looked at as having added 'fuel to the fire' rather than being the main reason behind what occurred.

"There were a number of dynamics, including this element, at play here," the source said, "and each will be examined in detail."

Deanna Gill, who has a baby daughter Aleigha and toddler son Tadgh by Mark, slammed his killers telling the Sunday World they had robbed the couple's children of their father.

"The people who did this have taken the daddy of our two little babies away from them," Deanna told the Sunday World.

"My children will grow up without their father. And I won't rest until justice is got for them, for me and for Mark's family and friends."

In a previous update on the case gardai said a State post mortem was completed by State Pathologist Dr Kathleen Han Suyin on Sunday, January 3.

However, results of the post mortem were not released at that time “for operational reasons."

Any person with any information on these incidents is asked to contact investigating Gardaí at Naas Garda Station 045 884300, the Garda Confidential Phone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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