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Gardai urge people who could help solve murder of Paul Gallagher to come forward

“With the passage of time, some person may now be in a position to provide information to investigating Gardaí that they could not provide at the time, or maybe some person who did provide information at the time may be now in a position to provide further information.”
Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher

Neil FetherstonhaughSunday World

Gardai believe that a number of people have yet to come forward who could help solve the murder of Paul Gallagher in Co Meath eight years ago.

Gallagher (26) was shot and fatally wounded in a field at Ballymacan, Slane, on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Officers at Navan Garda Station, who are continuing to investigate his murder, made a fresh witness appeal on the eighth anniversary of his death.

They released details of Paul’s last movement as part of the appeal.

At approximately 10.30pm on that July evening, Paul travelled to Ballymacan, Collon, Co Meath, in the company of a man.

In Tullyallen village, prior to arriving at Ballymacan, they were joined by two other men. Paul’s body was discovered in a field two days later and reported to An Garda Síochána. It was later confirmed that Paul Gallagher had died from a number of gunshot wounds.

“An Garda Síochána made appeals for public information at the time and on ‘Crimecall’ in September 2014,” gardai said this morning. “A number of arrests have been made in relation to this investigation but to date no person has been charged with his murder.

“Investigating gardaí continue to appeal for information in this case and believe that a number of people have yet to come forward who may now be in a position to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.

“With the passage of time, some person may now be in a position to provide information to investigating Gardaí that they could not provide at the time, or maybe some person who did provide information at the time may be now in a position to provide further information.”

Anyone with information can contact investigating Gardaí at Navan Garda Station 046 9036100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Last April we revealed how Paul’s family reacted to the release of a man convicted of withholding information about the case after just 40 days in prison.

Describing it as a “a slap in the face”, Paul Gallagher’s mother, Ger, said she was “absolutely horrified, gutted," when she discovered that Seán Barrett (33) was granted temporary release from prison earlier that month.

Barrett, from Donaghmede in Dublin, had served just over one month of a six-month sentence.

Barrett is the only one person who has ever been charged in connection with the investigation into the death of Gallagher who was shot in the back and neck.

Dad-of-one Paul's body wasn’t found until two days after the killing in Co Meath in July 2014.

No one has been brought to justice for the murder.

In March, Barrett was sentenced to two years in prison, with 18 months suspended, after pleading guilty to failing to disclose information in relation to the murder of Paul Gallagher..

The court was told he failed to tell gardaí, when first interviewed as a witness, that he knew the first names of two men who had travelled with himself and Mr Gallagher to Ballymacan in Co Meath.

The Gallagher family said they were not informed about Barrett's early release and only found out by chance when someone spotted him

According to Marie Gallagher, the victim’s sister, a Victim Liaison Officer told her that Mr Barrett was not deemed a danger to the public.

"The judge said he was getting a six-month sentence to act as a deterrent," Marie told RTE’s Prime Time.

"So how does it act as a deterrent if you only serve 40 days," she said.

"Six months I don’t believe would act as a deterrent anyway, but 40 days – it’s a slap in the face."

"I was absolutely horrified. I was gutted," Ger, Paul Gallagher’s mother, added.

"It took five years in court to get to where we got."

Marie Gallagher found her brother’s body in July 2014, at Ballymacan, close to the Louth border.

"Paul was clearly running, because of the way he was lying here. We all knew he was mid-run," Marie previously told Prime Time.

"So how many people were chasing him? The fear must have been absolutely… I don’t think there is a word."

After being arrested on suspicion of withholding information, Barrett eventually told detectives that he knew the "Christian" names of both men.

He also told them that he had previously driven Paul to meet with one of the men at a property in Co Louth.

"Had this information been given at the time of the murder, the gardaí could have got search warrants to get information about those people", Marie told Prime Time.

Her mother Ger, who attended every single court appearance of Seán Barrett, has a clear message.

"Had Seán Barrett given the information in a timely manner, we might be sitting in the High Court in Dublin with a murder trial," she said.

"The person or persons who murdered Paul so callously that night are still roaming around – and who’s to say they won’t do the same again?"


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