Irish gangster linked to teen dismemberment threatened other man

Chief suspect in killing and dismemberment of Irish 17-year-old ‘threatened to murder another man’ as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defends his record on law and order

  • Keane Mulready-Woods was abducted in Drogheda, Co Louth on Sunday 
  • His body was dismembered and the parts were dumped in locations in Dublin
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called an election this week despite the crime crisis 
  • The Fine Gael politician insisted that Ireland was still a safe country to live in  

The chief suspect believed to be responsible for dismembering a 17-year-old boy in Ireland ‘threatened to murder another man’, it has emerged. 

The suspect, who is well known to Gardai, posted footage of threats against a man who has since fled the country. 

Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was abducted from Drogheda, Co Louth last Sunday before he was tortured in a house in Rathmullen Park in the town. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured in Drogheda, Co Louth alongside his Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, right, insisted that Ireland was still a safe country despite the brutal murder of Keane Mulready-Woods, 17

The Taoiseach, who this week called a general election, received a briefing from senior gardai in Drogheda

Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was abducted on Sunday night in Drogheda and taken to a house in Rathmullen Park in the town where he was tortured and dismembered. His severed limbs were dumped in Dublin

His corpse was dismembered and he was also decapitated before his remains were dumped in two locations in Dublin, some 35 miles away from the crime scene. 

The brutal murder has become a major issue in the week that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called an election. His party, Fine Gael, are traditionally seen as the party of law and order. However, the brutal nature of Mulready-Woods’ murder has shocked the nation. 

Mr Varadkar travelled to Drogheda, Co Louth to meet with senior gardai investigating the brutal murder and has told them they have his complete support. 

However, Micheal Martin, leader of the main opposition party Fianna Fail, claimed the government is ‘losing control’ of crime in the country. 

As well as Mulready-Woods’ murder, two men were shot in Dublin in the last 36 hours and a student, Cameron Blair, was stabbed to death during a house party in Cork on Thursday night. 

Two men were also shot and wounded outside a pub in the early hours of htis morning. 

Mr Varadkar said: ‘Ireland is a country that is safe. Ireland is a country that thankfully relative to other countries has a relatively low crime rate and a relatively low murder rate.

‘That doesn’t detract in any way from the seriousness of the crimes that we have witnessed in the last number of days which are unspeakable and are appalling.

‘Our responsibility as a government working with the gardai and others to bring those people who has committed those crimes to justice.

Mr Varadkar, right, spoke with Fine Gael election candidate Fergus O’Dowd, centre, after a radio interview with local LMFM on Friday afternoon

Gardai continued to search for evidence near where they believe Mulready Woods was murdered in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda

The teenager was known by locals for his love of scrambler motorcycles 

Gardai have secured several crime scenes along the east coast following Sunday’s murder

‘That’s why we put record resources into the gardai, that’s why we reopened Templemore which was closed by Fianna Fail.

‘It’s why we’ve put such investment into the gardai and resources in recent years and why we focused on reducing poverty, reducing disadvantage. And poverty is now down five years in a row.”

When asked if Fine Gael has lost control of law and order, he said: ‘We will have periods where there is a spate of violence as we have seen in the past week but that does not mean that law and order has broken down.’ 

One of the men shot on Friday near Dublin Airport is in a critical condition. 

He was one of two men, both aged in their 30s, injured in the incident in St Margaret’s near Dublin Airport on Friday morning.

They were sitting in a parked vehicle at an industrial premises on Killeek Lane at around 11.30am when a lone gunman approached and fired several shots.

The gunman fled the scene in a vehicle driven by another man.

The victims were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital – one to Beaumount and one to Connolly Memorial.

The car suspected to have been involved of the attack – a black Citroen C4 reg 151D34526 – was later found on fire in Greenwood Avenue in Coolock.

Two men, also aged in their 30s, were detained around an hour after the shooting.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage from the area of the shooting or the car’s discovery to come forward.

Shortly before his murder Gardai warned Mulready-Woods that his life was in danger, however the teenager did not believe the gang responsible for his murder were looking to kill him. 


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