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Murder mystery Renewed appeal for info on missing William Delaney presumed murdered after leaving hospital

Gardaí have established that William collected his social welfare payment at Portlaoise Post Office and was last seen at approximately 3pm that afternoon in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.

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William Delaney

William Delaney

William Delaney

Gardai have renewed their appeal for witnesses as part of a probe into the disappearance of a man who is presumed murdered.

Investigators believe William Delaney (56) was killed just days after he left hospital in Portlaoise on January 30, 2019.

Gardaí have established that William collected his social welfare payment at Portlaoise Post Office and was last seen at approximately 3pm that afternoon in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.

William had travelled there to visit a relative who lived in the area. The person wasn’t at home but William was seen outside the premises on the old Cork-Dublin Road directly opposite a local landmark known as the Hazel Hotel.

The Tipperary native was not reported missing until March 6 in 2019 - over five weeks after he was last seen alive.

In June 2019, Gardaí received information that William had been killed and buried at a location in Laois. A comprehensive search was conducted in the area surrounding the Rock of Dunamaise but no remains were discovered.

A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday, 14th April 2021 by Gardaí investigating William's disappearance but was later released without charge.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Today, Monday April 26, marks William's 59th birthday and gardai are appealing to those who may have information to come forward.

A spokesperson said: "Gardaí are appealing to the community and would like to thank them for their assistance so far, however Gardaí believe that people in the community have information and have not yet come forward.

"An Garda Síochána, in conjunction with Crimestoppers are appealing for information on the murder of William Delaney."

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