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Two arrested in Co Clare murder probe

24 February 2005 16:01

A second arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Clare hackney driver, Liam Maloney.

Gardaí arrested a 15-year-old youth at his home in Shannon shortly before 3pm this afternoon.

He has been taken to Ennis Garda Station for questioning. The youth is being held under section nine of the Offences Against the State Act in relation to witholding information.

Earlier today, a 53-year-old man was arrested in south Kerry. He is being detained at Cahirciveen Garda Station.

The man was arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act after gardaí found a sawn-off shotgun in his home.

The arrest took place at a rented holiday home in a remote area between Ballinskelligs and Waterville at around 11.15am.

It is understood the man is a native of Co Clare who lived in America for 24 years and has resided alone in Kerry for the past four years.

Liam Moloney was murdered in his cab on the evening of 11 February and his body was discovered in a field in the village of Ruan the following day.

The 56-year-old father of four sons had received multiple stab wounds with a kitchen knife.

His partially burnt out car was found at the back of the Considine pub in the nearby village of Barefield. The knife used in the murder was found in the car.

Gardaí in Ennis say that extensive forensic analysis led to today's breakthrough.

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