Officially gardaí have refused to comment on speculation that Eddie Gallagher’s murder in Cork city last Sunday morning was sparked by an earlier incident, but it is believed it is one of the lines of inquiry detectives are following.
A team of more than 30 gardaí are working on the Cork murder case.
Inspector Pat Lehane said for operational reasons gardaí wouldn’t be commenting on the possible motive behind the killing of Mr Gallagher, who was stabbed in Friar’s Walk, Ballyphehane shortly before 6.30am on Sunday.
Mr Gallagher had been celebrating Valentine’s night with his girlfriend and later went to a friend’s house in the Friar’s Walk area when the attack took place.
He was rushed to Cork University Hospital where he died a short time later.
Insp Lehane said the garda investigation “was progressing in a positive manner”.
He said appeals for information had been fruitful.
A man in his 50s seen walking in the Friar’s Walk area at the time of the stabbing has also come forward and has been interviewed by detectives.
It was believed he might possess vital information about the knife attack.
Insp Lehane said locating the man had “proved helpful.”
Eddie Gallagher’s brother, David, said he wouldn’t be making any appeals for information as he was happy to let the gardaí progress with their investigation.
“We just want to get on with our grieving at this time,” Mr Gallagher said.
He said Eddie’s body had not yet been released by the authorities and the family had not been able to make funeral arrangements.
Gardaí also found some items following a technical search of the scene. They have refused to say what items were recovered, but they will shortly be sent to the Garda Technical Bureau headquarters for analysis.
Inspector Lehane said although progress was being made, gardaí were still anxious to hear from anybody who was in the vicinity of Friar’s Walk between 6.30am and 7.30am last Sunday.
People are asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station at 021-4522000.