Belfast Telegraph

Man held over Cork driver murder

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a well-known Cork taxi driver, who may have laid dead in his flat for several days.

Michael Healy, 62, a separated father-of-two, was last seen alive some time around last Friday in Cork city centre. He was found dead inside his one-bed flat in Rockspring, St Luke's, by his brother on Thursday morning.

The suspect was detained in the city and taken in for questioning to Mayfield Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Mr Healy, originally from Grenagh, Co Cork, drove a black Toyota Avensis, registration 03-C-4073, and was also known to have worked the bus and train stations. He had also had jobs as a cab driver in both the hackney and taxi business for about 30 years.

Derry Coughlan, Irish Taxi Drivers' Federation official in Cork, said Mr Healy was a well-known figure on city ranks.

"He was a hard worker, a very honest man. He was well known to people in the city centre, to the local shoppers. And he was very caring. He was always caring for the old people and the feeble," Mr Coughlan said. "The taxi drivers are all taken aback."

Mr Healy's flat was sealed off for a technical examination and gardai were also carrying out searches for the murder weapon around the area of his home. Door-to-door inquiries were being carried out in the St Luke's and Montenotte areas of Cork in an effort to trace Mr Healy's last movements.

Supt Myers appealed for friends and colleagues who may have seen him since last Wednesday to come forward.

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