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Renewed appeal over David Darcy murder after Rose Lynch conviction

The 50-year-old was sentenced to life in prison today.

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FOLLOWING THE CONVICTION and life sentencing of Rose Lynch in Dublin today, gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information about the murder of David Darcy in November 2011.

Lynch, a self-confessed member of the IRA, was sentenced to life in prison for shooting dead the 39-year-old father-of-two outside his home in Cherry Orchard on 28 November.

She mistakenly believed he was responsible for the killing of a leader of the Continuity IRA.

Gardaí in Ballyfermot are asking anyone with information about a car found burned out near the crime scene on the morning of the shooting to come forward. The vehicle, which was discovered on Inagh Road, is a dark blue Opel Astra with registration number 99 CE 3047. It was stolen five days prior to the murder. Investigating detectives are trying to trace its movements between 23 and 28 November.

They also want to speak with anyone who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in the area that day. In a statement issued this evening, the Garda press office said they have appealed to people passing through the area, such as tax drivers, bus drivers or people going to work, to contact them on 01 666 7200.

The judge sentencing Lynch today said the 50-year-old showed no remorse for the murder. A statement from the Continuity IRA at the time of the killing described it as a “military operation”, but this was dismissed by Detective Inspector Colm O’Malley as “total lies”, according to BBC News.

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RTÉ News reports that the victim’s father has also called on witnesses to come forward to help gardaí in their investigation of others who may have been involved.

“It has been 15 months of pure misery since our son was taken from us for no reason absolutely, and for these people to come along with their hands up in the air, saying “It’s for Ireland”. It can’t be. They’re just cowards.”

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