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'His family are devastated': Appeal for witnesses to fatal stabbing of Lorcan O'Reilly

The 21-year-old man was murdered in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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Updated 20.50 

GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have issued an appeal for information about the fatal stabbing of 21 year old Lorcan O’Reilly yesterday morning.

The young man was stabbed at the Oliver Bond complex in Dublin 8 in the early hours of yesterday morning. It has been reported that he had stepped in to stop a fight when he was attacked. He was taken to St James’ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A post mortem was carried out yesterday by State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster.

Speaking at Kevin Street garda station this afternoon, Superintendent Paddy McMenamin said there are 30 detectives in his station working on the murder investigation. Searches have been conducted at the scene, witnesses have been interviewed and gardaí have been conducting door-to-door enquiries.

I would like to acknowledge the excellent assistance and cooperation that we have received from the community of Oliver Bond in relation to this investigation and I know that they have provided us with excellent information in this investigation.

An incident room has been established in Kevin Street Garda Station with a senior investigating officer and a family liaison officer in place.

The superintendent said there were a number of people present when the young man was murdered and he appealed for them to speak to detectives at the incident room in Kevin Street or to contact them through the garda confidential line. He stressed all of the information would be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

“Lorcan was a 21 year old man. He came from the locality, a very respectable, decent young man from a respectable family in the community and the family are devastated by his tragic death,” McMenamin told reporters.

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The attack on Lorcan O’Reilly came on a weekend that saw a spate of stabbing across Dublin. Two men were seriously injured in separate incidents – one at a bonfire – and another man was stabbed in a hospital.

First published 16.44

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