Murder probe launched as gardaí confirm identity of man's body found in Kildare woods

Murder probe launched as gardaí confirm identity of man's body found in Kildare woods

Update 2.45pm: Gardaí have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of a man’s body in Co Kildare.

Authorities have confirmed the remains are that of 24-year-old Philip Finnegan (pictured) who went missing from his home in Dublin on August 10.

The post mortem has finished but gardaí say they will not be disclosing the findings for operational reasons.

The scene remains sealed off for a technical examination.

Me Finnegan's death has prompted fears of more gangland violence erupting in Dublin, as it is understood his murder is linked to criminal activity.

Sinn Féin TD Aengus O'Snodaigh has called for a Garda task force in the north inner city to be expanded, saying: “It should not be confined to the north inner city. Some of those shot dead come from the Dublin south central area in particular.”

A garda at the scene in Co Kildare. Picture: Collins
A garda at the scene in Co Kildare. Picture: Collins

Earlier:

Gardaí are appealing for the public's help as they investigate the death of a man whose body was found in woods in Co Kildare.

A post mortem on the man's body has resumed. The identity of the man has not yet been formally established.

The remains were discovered in Rahin Wood near Carbury on Friday evening.

Gardaí were alerted and the location was sealed off to faciliate a technical examination. The area remains sealed off and members of the Garda Technical Bureau are continuing their examination of the area today.

The man's body was taken to Naas General Hospital, where the Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster began a post mortem examination yesterday.

It is being reported that the man's body could have been in there for less than a month, and Gardaí think the man was from Dublin, in his 20s and died violently.

There are reports the remains are those of a Dublin criminal who disappeared in July, but this has not been confirmed.

Investigating officers are appealing to anyone who visited Rahin Wood during the month of August to come forward and contact the Incident Room at Leixlip Garda Station or the phone Garda Confidential Line.


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