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Cross-border hunt for getaway car used in killing

A major probe into the murder of a former dissident republican in Dundalk at the weekend has spread across the border.

Senior gardai are liaising with the PSNI to find clues to who killed Seamus McMahon (41).

The PSNI is helping search for a white hatchback car, either a Toyota Corolla or a Nissan Almera, used by the gang in their getaway at the Bothar Chroinn estate in Saltown, Dundalk, on Sunday night.

The two forces are also sharing intelligence on the known movements of dissidents and criminals in the border region around the time of the killing.

It is not yet clear whether Mr McMahon was a victim of former republican associates or criminal factions when he was shot twice in the chest in the bathroom of a friend's apartment at Bothar Chroinn.

The father-of-one died from internal trauma shortly after being admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Gardai are also investigating the possibility that his murder could have been linked to a row which saw him breaking his link with the Continuity IRA.

Mr McMahon had previously been acquitted by the Special Criminal Court of a charge of membership of the IRA.

Garda intelligence indicated that Mr McMahon had been working as a “heavy”, who hired out his services to gangs.

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