THE Ravensdale location for the double execution that has shocked the country may have been an elaborate bluff, it is now believed.
It is thought that a Dublin-based criminal gang is behind the cold blooded double murder, and that Ravensdale was choosen in a bid to cover the killer’s scent and to suggest the murders had paramilitary motives or links to Northern Irish criminality.
Just a few hundred metres from the motorway and a stone’s throw from the border with Northern Ireland, the Ravensdale location would appear to be an ideal spot for the brutal slaying.
The quiet forest park offered a quick getaway in either direction and is situated nearly equidistant from both Belfast and Dublin, thereby muddying the waters as to the origins of the killers.
Gardaí are yet to formally identify the two men who were callously gunned down in the remote forrest carpark, and are awaiting DNA results which are not expected till next week.
The two men have, however, been ideniftied in the national press as Joe Redmond and Anthony Burnett, two low level criminals who appear to have gotten on the wrong side of criminal heavy weight.
After stealing a car in the leafy Dublin suburb of Sandymount, the two unwittingly drove to their deaths in Ravensdale on Wednesday night.
Following an initial post mortem which confirmed that the pair had been shot dead as they sat in the stolen car, the Gardaí officially launched a murder investigation.
The increasing belief that the double murder had little to do Dundalk and was merely a convenient location for the double murder has come as a relief to people of Ravensdale and Dundalk.
One local politician who didn’t wish to be named said there was “relief in the fact that the murders don’t seem to be linked to Dundalk.”
Another local politician said that he believes that the criminals must have a good knowledge of the area to have picked such a remote destination.
The killings are being treated as the second gangland-style double murder in 48 hours after two men were gunned down in Kilcock in Co Kildare just two days before.
While gardaí believe they know who the men are, Garda Supt Gerry Curley of Dundalk, who is leading the investigation, issued a direct appeal to anyone who knew anything about the deaths to make contact with them.