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Gardaí investigating RIRA murder appeal to public for potential 'dashcam footage' evidence

Aidan O’Driscoll was murdered last Thursday.

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GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE murder of Real IRA leader Aidan O’Driscoll have urged those who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward.

O’Driscoll, who was nicknamed The Beast, was executed in the Blackpool area of Cork on Thursday.

Investigating gardaí believe there are a number of people who have vital information and have not contacted officers. They also think there is a chance members of the public could have video evidence of moments leading up to and after the incident.

A spokesman said: “We are aware that a number of people who were in the area at the vital time have not made contact with the gardaí. It has been established that the getaway car used, a Nissan Almera registration number 01 TS 1312, was in the general Blackpool area for a number of hours prior to the murder.

We are also appealing for any taxi driver, driver or cyclists who have a dashcam and were in the Blackpool area from 2pm onwards to contact gardaí.

O’Driscoll, who was 37-years-old when he was murdered, was a close associate of Alan Ryan, who was shot dead in 2012. They had become close friends when they shared a landing in Portlaoise prison. Both were imprisoned for dissident-related activity.

The pair orchestrated a number of gangland murders, including that of Michael ‘Micka’ Kelly in 2011.

Gardaí said they are issuing a further appeal for anyone who may have seen a white Vauxhall Astra van registration number 99 G 12357, a red Opel Astra car or a black Toyota Avensis in the Blackpool area from 2pm to 5pm or in the Killeens area from 2pm to 6pm.

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