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'You may unknowingly be shielding a killer': Appeal on anniversary of Raonaid Murray's murder

The teenager’s body was found near her Dublin home 22 years ago today.

Raonaid Murray
Raonaid Murray
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Updated Sep 4th 2021, 11:17 AM

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a fresh appeal for information on the 22nd anniversary of the killing of Dublin teenager Raonaid Murray.

The 17-year-old was last seen alive at approximately 11.20pm on 3 September 1999 when she made her way home from Dún Laoghaire town centre. Her body was found at Silchester Crescent, Glenageary, at 12.33am on Saturday 4 September 1999, less than 500 yards from her home.

Raonaid worked at a clothes shop, then known as Sally West, in Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

She left the shop at approximately 9pm on 3 September 1999 and went with a friend to Scott’s Public House in Dún Laoghaire. She made arrangements with a friend to go to a nightclub later that night.

Raonaid left Scott’s at approximately 11.20pm to go home and change before heading to the nightclub. This was the last time she was seen alive.

Extensive lines of enquiries have been and continue to be pursued by the investigation team, gardaí said in a statement.

Despite a large number of suspects having been identified during the course of this investigation, there is in reality no prime suspect, they added.

‘Shielding a killer’

Gardaí said the lack of a prime suspect largely arises from the fact no motive has been identified in this case.

“In over 4,500 witness statements there is not one word of enmity towards Raonaid,” gardaí said in a statement.

Many of those who were then Raonaid’s age are now parents themselves, some of whom may have children who are close to Raonaid’s age.

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“We would ask them to reflect now, with the benefit of maturity and hindsight, on any information which may be of assistance to the investigation,” they added.

“If any person has any information which could assist gardaí in identifying a motive for the murder of Raonaid, and if any person has any doubts about the truth of an alibi already provided, we would appeal for your immediate assistance. You may unknowingly be shielding a killer.”

Gardaí said the solving of this murder is of the utmost priority for them and any information received “will be treated with absolute confidentiality”.

All information should be directed to the incident room at Dún Laoghaire Garda Station on 01 666 5000 or 01 666 5012, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Updated by Órla Ryan

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