Investigation launched after body parts discovered in Coolock

by Rachel Darcy

Gardai have launched an investigation after human body parts were discovered outside houses in Coolock last night.

The alarm was raised just before 10pm, when what is believed to be human limbs were discovered in a plastic bag at the junction of Moatview Gardens and Drive. It is understood the discovery was made by local youths.

The Dublin City Coroner was notified and the services of the State Pathologist have been requested. Local crime officers sealed off the scene for examinations, with investigations still on-going.

Councillor for Artane-Whitehall, Racheal Batten (SD), said: “The incident of human body parts being found in Coolock is shocking. When did human life become so disposable? The situation in North Dublin is out of control.

“We need to stamp out this mindless criminality in our community.”

Independent councillor John Lyons said that the discovery was “gruesome” in a post on Facebook.

Gardaí in Coolock are appealing for witnesses in relation to the discovery, and the bag and remains currently remain at the scene pending the arrival of the Garda Technical Bureau. 

Gardaí are seeking any persons who have concerns for a loved one who they have not heard from in the last number of days to contact them at Coolock Garda Station.  Gardaí continue to identify the human body parts with the assistance of Forensic Science Ireland.

They are also looking to speak with anyonewho may have been in the Moatview Gardens/Drive area of Coolock or in any adjoining roads between 9.30pm and 10pm on January 13, as well as seeking assistance from all road users who may have dashcam footage in their vehicles.

Any person with relevant information can contact Gardaí in Coolock Garda station on 01 – 6664200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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