Firstly, I have great sympathy for the family of Raonaid who was so brutally murdered 10 years ago, and I hope this post does not cause any offence to them.
But I do wonder about the 'new evidence' that has been announced today by the gardai. I seem to recall these same reports of sightings of individuals who were seen in the area around the time of the murder - some years ago.
And todays new evidence coincides with the lauch of a book on Raonaid's muder which is being given out free with the Sunday World, I have to suspect that there is a connection.
We all know how Paul Williams of the Sunday World gets the inside story from the gardai all the time and how he returns the favour by defending the Garda cause at various times. And nothing wrong with that - that how journalism works with politicians and any other sources.
But I have to suspect that there is no new evidence at all and that there is some connection with the lauch of the book / Sunday World story.
Is there any new evidence or are the Gardai simply helping boost Sunday World / book sales and returning the favour to PW and co.?
Note: Scissors sisters victim, Swaleh Noor, admitted seperately to various people that he murdered Raonaid. He was also known to have been swimming at Sandycove beach that very day with those sisters. He is also known to have stayed behind when they headed home in the evening - saying that he wanted to rape someone. He came back late to their flat and was bloodstained by some accounts. He seems like a very very likely culprit. The Gardai dont deny these facts but say there is no proof.