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Gardaí reviewing 1991 murder of Cooley farmer Tom Oliver

Gardaí reviewing 1991 murder of Cooley farmer Tom Oliver

Gardaí are set to review the 1991 murder of Cooley man Tom Oliver.

Tom Oliver RIP

The Riverstown man was abducted and subsequently murdered by the IRA on July 18th 1991, with his body found dumped across the border at Belleeks, Co Armagh the next day.

The 37-year-old father of seven had suffered severe injuries prior to his death and had been shot several times in the head.

The IRA, via An Phoblacht, claimed he had been passing information to the Gardaí. They also claimed that Oliver had aided the IRA, providing sheds to store weapons and explosives, but that over a six-year period he had given information to the Gardaí, leading to several arrests. This was always denied by the late man’s family.

The incident shocked the peninsula at the time and is still discussed to this day with a conviction yet to be made on his killing despite suggestions over the years that they were from the locality.

Now, according to a report in today’s Argus, officers from Ardee Garda Station are in the process of reviewing the case.

The paper reports that they have been investigating the incident under the supervision of Superintendent Fergus Traynor for the past eight months.

The Argus reports that the review is looking at “all aspects” of the investigation and that contact has been made with the Oliver family in relation to it.

They say that officers from Ardee, Dundalk and Drogheda have been assigned to the case.

Read the full story in this week’s Argus.