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Taoiseach condemns ‘grotesque and gruesome’ murder of 17-year-old boy

Leo Varadkar said gardai investigating the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods will be given more resources.

Leo Varadkar has condemned the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods (PA)
Leo Varadkar has condemned the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods (PA)

By Aine McMahon, PA

The Taoiseach has condemned the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods as “grotesque and gruesome” and said the entire country is shocked by it.

Leo Varadkar has vowed to help gardai bring to justice those behind the murder of the teenager whose remains were found in Dublin.

The 17-year-old, from Drogheda in Co Louth, was murdered and his remains dismembered before being left at a number of locations in Dublin.

Gardai investigating his murder have strongly criticised the circulation of inappropriate images and footage on social media that purport to show human limbs in relation to his murder.

Speaking in Dublin on Thursday, Mr Varadkar pledged more Garda resources to Co Louth to help bring the perpetrators to justice.

He said: “I want to assure the public and the people of Drogheda that gardai will have all the resources they need.”

“They need to find the people who carried out this crime and make sure that they are brought to justice.”

“I want to reassure the people of Drogheda in particular that we stand right behind them and I plan to get there in the next couple of days because the whole country is really shocked by this.”

In the longer term, we need to really act seriously to tackle the underlying causes that give rise to violent crime in the first place Leo Varadkar

“It is probably the most gruesome, grotesque murder that I can think of – to have it perpetrated against a 17-year-old is just particularly shocking to me.

“We’re going to make sure that gardai in Coolock and Drogheda are given resources, find out who did this and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“I can only imagine how people in Drogheda feel at the moment.

“We have had cycles of violence like this before – for example, in Dublin’s north inner city – and it is possible to put a stop to it. It does require people getting 100% behind the gardai and anyone who has information about it should give it to them.

“In the longer term, we need to really act seriously to tackle the underlying causes that give rise to violent crime in the first place.”

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