27/02/2009

Woman Arrested In Shane Murder Probe

Gardai investigating the murder of Shane Geoghegan have released seven of the people they were questioning.

They were freed overnight without charge, but investigations are continuing with eight people remaining in custody today.

The latest person arrested was a woman held in Limerick who was the 16th to have been brought into custody in connection with the investigation.

The 37-year-old was held at Ennis Garda station under Section 30 of The Offences Against The State Act.

Previously, seven men and seven women were arrested on Tuesday during a series of early morning raids on properties in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Dublin in a preplanned operation involving more than 70 gardaí.

One of the men was quickly released without charge, although a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, which meant that 15 people were then being held by the police.

On Wednesday evening, another man (in his 20s) was arrested in the Limerick City area in relation to the investigation.

Mr Geoghegan (28) was shot dead on a Limerick housing estate in the early hours of November 9th by gunmen who mistook him for a gangland criminal they were sent to murder.

The innocent victim was returning home from watching the Ireland-Canada rugby game at a friend's house in the Kilteragh estate, Dooradoyle, just after 1.30am when his killers struck.

A crackdown on criminal gangs based in Limerick followed the killing after the death of Mr Geoghegan caused widespread shock in the community.

(BMcC/JM)

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