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troubles cold case PSNI investigating 1991 IRA murder of Co Louth farmer Tom Oliver following new leads

Mr Oliver was abducted from his farm in Co Louth and found dead in Co Armagh the next day

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Tom Oliver was a County Louth farmer murdered by the IRA who accused him of being a police informer

Tom Oliver was a County Louth farmer murdered by the IRA who accused him of being a police informer

Tom Oliver was a County Louth farmer murdered by the IRA who accused him of being a police informer

The PSNI say the have opened new lines of inquiry into the IRA murder of Tom Oliver 30 years ago.

The farmer was abducted from his farm in County Louth, in the Republic of Ireland, on July 19, 1991 and was found murdered a day later near Belleks in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Earlier this year the police uncovered new DNA evidence in relation to the murder.

The IRA claimed Mr Oliver was a police informer, however his family have always denied this, and it has been speculated that he was murdered in order to protect a notorious British Agent in the ranks of the IRA, Freddie Scappaticci, AKA Stakeknife.

Inquiries are being made into the murder in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and also in Australia.

Now detectives working as part of Operation Kenova, which was set up to investigate murders during the Troubles, have said they are following new “lines of inquiry” in relation to the murder, with reports by the Sunday Independent that a new witness has come forward.

Jon Boutcher, who heads up Kenova, said: "We have been heartened by the response to our 30th anniversary appeal into the murder of Tom Oliver and it has prompted new activity in the investigation.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our search for the truth into what happened and who was responsible for this brutal and senseless killing.”

It’s understood there is one woman in particular the PSNI would like to come forward, who initially made the call to police to report Mr Oliver’s body had been found, as well as former gardaí.

"There are some key people who we really would like to speak to and I would appeal to them to reconsider their position to help us get to the truth for the family.

"These people aren't under suspicion of any offences, we just want them to share what they know. They could hold that key piece of information to give Tom's family the answers they so desperately deserve."

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