Witness intimidation on both sides of the Border

Jim Cusack reports in the Sunday Independent on a case that bears such resemblance to the recent Short Strand Murder, including attempts to portray the victim in a negative light, that senior Gardai have labelled it “Robert McCartney Mark II”. Wall of silence in probe into killing of ‘an honest’ man GARDAI investigating the murder of a young man in west Dublin last month are encountering a “wall of silence” because witnesses have been intimidated by the IRA.

Nine people were arrested last week in connection with the murder and none has given any evidence, leading gardai to describe the case as “Robert McCartney Mark II”. All have been intimidated by the IRA and told they will be killed if they give evidence.

While attempts have been made in certain newpapers to link him to a drugs feud, Gardai say that Mr Rafferty was honest and hard-working and was murdered because he had “faced down” an IRA man. He was one of eight people murdered in gun attacks this year and Gardai believe that the IRA were implicated in at least three of these deaths. The report also mentions that the IRA is seizing control of the Drugs trade in South Dublin.

Lastly Mr Cusack also discusses allegations of SF connections, election workers, in one attempted murder and in respect of suspects in the Rafferty murder investigation.