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Search concludes after remains of drug dealer found in Meath

The remains of Christopher Gaffney were discovered in a field at Clonee over the weekend.

The scene at Clonee, Co Meath on Saturday
The scene at Clonee, Co Meath on Saturday
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GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED the search of land at Clonee in Co Meath has concluded this morning after body parts were discovered at the weekend — but they say more searches may yet be carried out as the investigation continues.

A murder investigation was launched yesterday into the death of Christopher Gaffney, whose remains were found in a field near the village, which is close to the county border with Dublin.

The 37-year-old, from the Blanchardstown area, was a convicted drug dealer. He was identified after fingerprints and DNA were recovered from the body parts found.


Gardaí were informed on Friday afternoon of the discovery of a human arm near a stream at a location known as ‘The Mayne’ in Clonee.

The area was immediately sealed off, and the remains removed to the morgue at Our Lady’s Hopsital, Navan.

Further human remains were discovered on Saturday following a large-scale search of the lands involving specialist teams, the Garda Water Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.

A Garda liaison officer has been appointed to Gaffney’s family, and an incident room has been set up at Ashbourne Garda Station.


Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed suspicious or unusual activity involving people or vehicles in the area to get in contact.

Ashbourne Garda Station can be reached on 01 801 0600, while anonymous information can be given via the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

The search in Meath concluded before 9am this morning. The remains found since Friday are being examined by the State Pathologist’s Office and Garda forensic teams.

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