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Rainy in Glenageary.

An ‘unorthodox true crime documentary’ which explores the unsolved murder of 17-year Raonaid ‘Rainy’ Murray in Glenageary, County Dublin in 1999.

Directed by Graham Jones.

Sean O’Reilly writes:

Please take a moment to consider our unusual Irish documentary which tries to approach the ‘true crime’ genre in a new way. I understand Broadsheet has done some pieces on Raonaid’s murder in the past so sincere thanks for any attention you might draw to this film.

Previously: Lifting A Silence In The Suburbs

An Overlooked Suspect


Silchester Crescent, Silchester Park, Glenageary, Co Dublin

Journalist Gemma O’Doherty is researching a number of unsolved Irish murder cases including the killing of Raonaid Murray.

Following a post on an overlooked suspect in the 1999 murder earlier this month, people, including friends of the teenager, contacted Gemma to share their concerns about this person and the first Garda investigation.

Gemma writes:

Some time ago, I was approached by an individual who gave me information about the murder of Raonaid Murray.

When we met, I was immersed in a number of alleged Garda corruption cases, most of them involving bereaved families battling for justice over violent deaths of relatives that they believed had been covered up.

The information I was told was disturbing and would cause public revulsion if it turned out to be true.

When I first started to probe the case, I was instantly struck by what seemed to be a veil of silence shrouding it. A bright teenager was murdered in one of the most affluent parts of Dublin yet nobody seemed to want to talk about it.

Raonaid, the youngest daughter of a school principal, had just completed her Leaving Certificate in the Institute of Education in Dublin when she was killed.

The circumstances of her murder were mystifying. She wasn’t sexually assaulted. She wasn’t robbed. Her killer was almost certainly known to her yet the person is still on the loose.

The Garda investigation had been littered with inexplicable oversights which included the failure to carry out a search of the escape route the perpetrator most likely took.

When I began my initial inquiries some doors were politely closed in my face at the mention of her name. There seemed to be a sense of relief that the killing had been all but forgotten. Some close to the case told me to mind my own business.

I tracked down certain people I was told might hold answers to the many inconsistencies in the case but they clammed up when approached.

For many months now, I have been scrutinising allegations of police malfeasance in the case, and have little doubt that many aspects of the investigation are too bizarre to fall into the category of calamity or error.

I came into contact with others who had deep concerns about Garda behaviour in the case and aspects of the investigation that didn’t add up.

Their concerns centred mainly on one individual they claimed was dismissed as a person of interest early on. They wanted to know why.

Since writing about the suspect, some of Raonaid’s closest friends have come forward with testimonies of their experience with officers in the aftermath of her murder.

They claim information they offered about what might have happened was sometimes ridiculed and dismissed, leaving them disillusioned that there was any real determination to bring the killer to justice.

Some believe they were targeted for ‘petty drug use’ and that ‘disrespect and insensitivity’ were shown towards Raonaid and their huge loss at her death.

One of her closest friends, who spoke in anonymity, called the investigation ‘farcical, unprofessional and insulting to Raonaid’s memory.’

She recalled:

“When the murder happened, we just went into complete shock. But our anguish at losing her was deepened because of the way the guards behaved towards us.”

“They seemed to dismiss things we said, and appeared at times not to be pursuing avenues you would think might be explored.”

“When they talked about us and Raonaid, it seemed they were implying that she was easy with men and that our lifestyle was a sordid, delinquent one, as if that somehow had a bearing on what had happened, regardless of the fact that it wasn’t remotely true to start with.”

“This struck me not only as rude but also a counter-productive way to garner potentially useful information from grieving teenagers. They seemed to also focus in on small-time drug cases they tried to uncover during the investigation which was irrelevant and a deterrent for those who may have wanted to talk to them about the case.”

I have received more information which corroborates these and other claims made by  Raonaid’s friends. These sources confirm allegations that the Garda investigation failed to seek potentially vital evidence from key witnesses about a potential suspect in the murder.

They are concerned at the fact that they have never been interviewed about the person, and that gardaí never approached them for statements, even though they would have been obvious sources of information.

There are claims the person is allegedly being shielded by some people known to them and senior elements within the gardaí.

They say this individual suffers from ‘chronic anger’ and that has had a life littered with violent episodes. Since Raonaid’s death, this person has been involved in a number of unprovoked assaults.

Lawyers along with a victims’ rights group are currently assessing the option of taking an action to the European Court in Strasbourg, arguing that Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to an effective, prompt and impartial investigation – has been breached.

They believe that Raonaid has been deprived of her constitutional right to justice.

They are also determining whether people who did not act on knowledge about the murder, because they may have been protecting the killer, could face prosecution for perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Enda Kenny has been made aware of these developments but has has not responded

A series of questions about the case sent to Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan also remain unanswered.

Last week, without my permission, the Garda Press Office gave my contact details to an officer who has been on the case for many years.

I was disturbed after a phone call with him, which was, in my opinion, an attempt to intimidate me from investigating the case further.

This is now the subject of a GSOC complaint, one of several I have had to make in recent years though I hold little faith in it being upheld.

More than a year ago, I went to see Raonaid’s parents Jim and Deirdre Murray but they told me they did not want to discuss the case with me, and to contact the Gardaí.

I will publish more details on this case soon.

Gemma O’Doherty

Previously: An Overlooked Suspect


Raoinaid Murray

Gemma O’Doherty writes:

A key suspect in the murder of Dublin teenager Raonaid Murray has been shielded for almost 17 years due to Garda misconduct during the original investigation, a source close to the case has alleged.

The suspect knew the 17-year-old student well and had a personal grudge against her, the source claims.

Raonaid was repeatedly stabbed just metres from her home in Silchester Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin on September 4, 1999.

Her body was found by her sister minutes after the attack, which took place around midnight. The murder weapon is believed to have been a kitchen knife.

The original Garda investigation was crippled by a litany of ‘mistakes’ which many say point to a cover-up.

It has come to light that ever since her killing some gardai had evidence that the suspect knew her well.

Raonaid was not the victim of a sexual assault or theft.

The alleged motive for the attack centred around a personal disagreement between her and her attacker, the source asserts.

The suspect was prone to violent outbursts and has since attacked at least one other female.

It is alleged the individual has never been questioned properly by An Garda Siochana for Raonaid’s murder and was treated leniently in the early stages of the investigation.

After the killing, a relation of the suspect expressed serious concerns about their involvement but no action was taken.

Unusual behaviour by the individual in the period after the murder, and beyond, was also ignored.

The person subsequently came to the attention of gardai in relation to other matters.

New evidence has also emerged aboutthe behaviour of the lead officer in the original investigation, Detective Inspector Eamon O’Reilly

His failure to investigate vital evidence in the days after the murder provided the key suspect with immunity from investigation, claims the source, who adds that suspicious activity by other individuals who knew the suspect was ignored.

It is also believed that a house the suspect attended on the night of the murder was never adequately searched despite a number of unusual events that took place there.

A Cold Case review of the case, which began in 2008, identified several mistakes in the original investigation including the revelation that no search of the killer’s potential escape route was ever carried out.

Now in their 30s, the suspect lives periodically in Dublin. They are prone to aggressive outbursts, takes medication for violent mood swings and has assaulted at least one other woman. The individual has also been in psychiatric care.

Pic: An Garda Síochána


Raonaid was the daughter of Deirdre and Jim Murray, a principal in a local boys’ school. She had two older siblings Daniel and Sarah.

She had just completed her Leaving Cert when she was killed and was hoping to study Arts in UCD.

An avid reader who loved poetry, her dream was to become a professional writer.

At the time of the murder, she was working in a clothes shop called Sally West in Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre and was preparing to repeat the Leaving Cert at the Institute of Education on Leeson Street.

On the night she was killed, she finished work at 9pm and went for a drink with a friend in Scott’s Bar, a short walk from her home.

She left at about 11.20pm, and was planning to go home and change before going to a night club.

When she got to Silchester Crescent, a laneway close to her home, she was heard having a row with a person she knew. Witnesses heard her telling the person to ‘Fuck off’ and ‘Leave me alone’ before letting out a loud scream.

As she tried to drag herself away, the killer continued to attack her until she could no longer walk and collapsed. She died at the scene.

Claims several years ago that a blood-marked kitchen knife was found on the rooftop of an abandoned building very near the murder scene have never been formally verified by Gardai.

Gemma O’Doherty