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Gardai to provide report on Andrew Allen murder probe

Andrew Allen who was shot dead
Seamus McKinney

A DONEGAL coroner has asked Gardaí to provide a report on the investigation into the murder of Derry man Andrew Allen who was killed by dissident republicans.

Mr Allen (24), who was originally from the Waterside area, was shot dead at Lisfannon near Buncrana in February 2012. The father-of-two had been living in the area with his partner after he fled Derry following threats from an unnamed organisation.

Dissident republican vigilante group, Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) later claimed responsibility for Mr Allen's murder.

However, his family has consistently denied that he was ever involved in the drugs trade.

RAAD later combined with the Real IRA to form the group styling itself the New IRA. Gardaí have made five arrests in connection with the murder over the past six years but no-one has ever been charged.

At a preliminary inquest hearing into his death in Buncrana yesterday, Gardaí asked coroner Denis McCauley for a further adjournment of the court.

Inspector David Murphy told Dr McCauley that Gardaí were conscious that the sixth anniversary of the murder had passed without an inquest. However, he said officers were still assessing a number of lines of inquiry.

Dr McCauley adjourned the inquest until September but asked Gardaí to provide him with an update on the investigation at that hearing.

On the sixth anniversary of the murder last month, Mr Allen's mother Donna Smith appealed for information about her son's murder and said she was "love somebody to be caught now, charged with it and brought to court.”

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