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22 years on Gardai say 'you may be shielding a killer' as public plea issued to help solve Raonaid Murray murder

The lack of a prime suspect largely arises from the fact that there has been no motive identified in this case."


Raonaid Murray (Garda Press)

Raonaid Murray (Garda Press)

Raonaid Murray (Garda Press)

Gardai and the family of murder victim Raonaid Murray have made a renewed appeal for information ahead of tomorrow’s 22nd anniversary of the shocking killing.

The 17-year-old was stabbed to death not far from her home in Glenageary on 4th September, 1999 in case that has never been solved despite a huge investigation that remains open.

While a number of suspects have been identified over the years "there is, in reality no prime suspect,” according to a statement from the garda press office.

“An Garda Síochána and Raonaid’s family continue to work together in an effort to solve this case," the spokesperson added.

“Extensive lines of enquiries have been and continue to be pursued by the investigation team.

“The lack of a prime suspect largely arises from the fact that there has been no motive identified in this case. In over 4,500 witness statements there is not one word of enmity towards Raonaid.

“Many of those who were then Raonaid’s age are now parents themselves, some of whom may have children who are close to Raonaid’s age.

“We would ask them to reflect now, with the benefit of maturity and hindsight, on any information which may be of assistance to the investigation.

“If any person has any information which could assist Gardaí in identifying a motive for the murder of Raonaid, and if any person has any doubts about the truth of an alibi already provided, we would appeal for your immediate assistance.

“You may unknowingly be shielding a killer.”

Raonaid worked at a clothes shop, then known as Sally West, in Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

She left the shop at about 9pm on the 3rd September 1999 and went with a friend to Scott’s Public House in Dun Laoghaire.

She made arrangements with a friend to go to a nightclub later that night, leaving Scott’s at around 11.20pm to go home and change before heading to the nightclub.

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Raonaid was last seen alive at approximately 11.20pm on Friday 3rd September 1999 when she made her way home from Dun Laoghaire town centre.

Her body was then found at Silchester Crescent, Glenageary at 12.33am, Saturday 4th September 1999, less than 500 yards from her home.

The statement added: “The solving of this murder is of the utmost priority for An Garda Síochána and any information received will be treated with absolute confidentiality.”

All information should be directed to the Incident Room at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station on 01 666 5000 or 01 666 5012, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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