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Breakthrough Gardaí investigating disappearance of William Delaney arrest man on suspicion of murder

Investigators suspect Mr Delaney (56) was murdered just days after he left a psychiatric hospital in Portlaoise on January 31, 2019.

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William Delaney is believed to have been murdered

William Delaney is believed to have been murdered

William Delaney is believed to have been murdered

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of William Delaney have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. 

The man, aged in his twenties, is currently detained in Portlaoise Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing.

Investigators suspect Mr Delaney (56) was murdered just days after he left a psychiatric hospital in Portlaoise on January 31, 2019.

Mr Delaney was not reported missing until early March in 2019 - over five weeks after he was last seen alive.

A senior source at the time said the case was "very complex" and gardaí are still attempting to establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Delaney's disappearance and suspected murder.

The man who was arrested on Wednesday, 14th April 2021 was later released without charge.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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