The minister for justice has asked gardaí to send him an up-to-date report on the murder file of innocent teenager Jeffrey Hannan.
The 19-year-old was beaten to death as he walked home in Southill, Limerick, on Nov 22, 2007.
The youth, who had no links to criminality, was viciously assaulted as he walked past a group that were attending a bonfire in O’Malley Park late at night.
On Oct 17, Alan Hannan, the victim’s father, wrote to Alan Shatter begging him to help launch a reinvestigation into the case.
Chris Quattrociocchi, Mr Shatter’s private secretary, confirmed the minister was looking into the situation.
“The minister has asked for an up-to-date report from the Garda authorities and this office will contact you again when it is to hand,” he said.
Mr Hannan said he feels his son’s case was sidelined as around the same time, gardaí were investigating the murders of innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan, and innocent businessman Roy Collins.
Both men were shot dead by the McCarthy Dundon gang.
The father of three, who is organising a confidential PO Box address for people to send information to, also hopes to meet with Mr Shatter.
The main suspect in the case is serving a life sentence for another murder. Two women who had vital information about the killing both died separately from drugs overdoses.
Meanwhile, one of the detectives who investigated the murder has backed Mr Hannan’s campaign.
Recently retired Detective Garda Seán Lynch, who is running for Fianna Fáil in next year’s local elections in Limerick, said he believes the case could be solved if more Garda resources were applied. He called for a dedicated Garda “cold case unit” to be set up locally to look into the case.
“I would be recommending four detectives from the city that would be dedicated to it. It would be a matter of going back over the [witness] statements, going back over [the evidence], and maybe making a couple of re-arrests,” he added.
“All it would take is four dedicated individuals. There is a fantastic incident room in Roxboro Road Garda station. They are all top- class,” Mr Lynch said.
A spokesman for Roxboro Road Garda station said the case remains open.
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