Gardaí renew appeal for information on O’Driscoll's murder

Gardaí renew appeal for information on O’Driscoll's murder
The scene of the fatal shooting of Aidan O'Driscoll in Blackpool. Pic: Larry Cummins

GARDAÍ investigating the murder of Aidan O’Driscoll in Blackpool believe there are people with information about the killing who have not yet come forward with it.

Investigators have spoken with several people in the wake of the December 7 murder but believe there are still people with vital clues who still have not given that information to gardaí.

They are now making a fresh appeal to anyone with information to come forward, as they continue their probe into the slaying of the 37-year-old former leader of the Real IRA as he was on his way home from work.

In recent days, officers have returned to the Rylane area to carry out door-to-door enquiries. A red Opel Astra car linked to the murder of the Ballyvolane father of two was found burnt out in a ravine in an isolated area between Nadd and Rylane just before Christmas.

The vehicle was used to whisk the killers away from the Killeens area shortly after the murder.

Gardai believe local knowledge was needed by the gang to organise dumping the car there.

It was spotted by a local landowner.

The getaway car used in the murder, a silver Nissan Almera with the registration number 01 TS 1312, was in the general Blackpool area for a number of hours prior to the killing. That car was found burnt out at Redemption Road. The gunmen abandoned and set fire to a white Vauxhall Astra van, registered 99 G 12357, in Killeens after the killing, before fleeing in the waiting red Opel Astra.

Gardai are also appealing for anyone who saw a black Toyota Avensis between 2pm and 5pm in the Blackpool area or Killeens on the same day.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí in Anglesea Street on (021) 4522000.

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