Gardai granted more time to question murder suspects

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

GARDAI investigating the murder of Robert Sheehan in Bunratty at the weekend have been granted additional time to question two suspects who were arrested just hours after the shooting.

GARDAI investigating the murder of Robert Sheehan in Bunratty at the weekend have been granted additional time to question two suspects who were arrested just hours after the shooting.

The men, who are both aged in their mid-twenties and from Limerick, are being detained at Ennis and Shannon garda stations under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

They are being questioned in relation to the murder of the 21-year-old who was shot a number of times as he attended a family wedding at the Bunratty Castle Hotel.

At a special court sitting in Ennis this morning, Chief Supt Tom Curley applied to have the men’s detention period extended by 72 hours.

He said inquiries are ongoing and that the investigation, which involves up to 100 gardai, is being conducted “expediently and diligently”. The court heard that a number of items, including a gun, have been sent for forensic analysis and that CCTV is still being sourced and viewed.

Judge Patrick Durcan granted the application and both men can now be detained until Friday morning.

The suspects were arrested in Cork city at around 11am on Sunday before being transferred to Ennis and Shannon garda stations for questioning.

Meanwhile, a post mortem is expected to be completed on the body of Robert Sheehan at the Mid Western Regional Hospital this afternoon.

Details of his funeral have yet to be announced.