Massive Limerick garda probe into murder of Rose Hanrahan at ‘critical stage’

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Rose Hanrahan was murdered on Decemebr 14

Rose Hanrahan was murdered on Decemebr 14

NEARLY six months on and while there has yet to be an arrest in connection with the brutal murder of widowed pensioner Rose Hanrahan, the investigation is at a “critical enough stage”.

Rose Hanrahan, aged 78, was murdered at her home on the quiet New Road, Thomondgate, on December 14.

And speaking on the investigation for the first time since being appointed Limerick’s chief superintendent, Gerard Roche told the Limerick Leader that gardai have been making progress.

“It is an ongoing investigation. I can’t say too much about it at this stage, but we are making progress.”

Chief Supt Roche added: “It’s at a critical enough stage.”

“Any murder is terrible, but an elderly lady, living on her own. For something like that to happen is particularly upsetting. It upsets communities as well, and people making sure they feel secure in their own houses. It affects all those type of things.

“It is important that a full, thorough investigation happens when something like that [murder] does [happen]. And it always does here, because there is a good structure here. We put a lot of time and effort into that, and that’s rightly so,” he said. 

Since Mayorstone garda station launched the murder probe on December 16, Superintendent Derek Smart has led an intensive garda investigation in the city.

As part of the investigation, thousands of hours of CCTV footage has been harvested and examined by gardai in Limerick.

Approximately 2,000 individuals have also been interviewed as part of the investigation.

Supt Smart is also leading a murder probe into the death of 45-year-old Martin Clancy, who was found dead in his apartment on Little O’Curry Street on January 7.

Separately, a file has been sent to Director of Public Prosecutions in connection with the murder of William Lynch, 35, in Pallaskenry on December 30. 

His brother Gerard, 29, was charged with the murder on January 2 at Newcastle West Court.