Man (26) arrested in connection with death of brothers in Castlebar
One of the two men would have celebrated his 70th birthday today
The Garda Technical Bureau also examined the property throughout this morning and afternoon.
Members of the bureau had placed plastic sheeting on the pavement and road outside the property, apparently covering blood.
The area is in the heart of a main commercial district and a Garda CCTV system has been installed which covers the street where the killings took place and also the streets around the property down which the killer would have left the area.
Gardaí were examining the footage were also gathering footage recorded on cameras installed by the many businesses in the area, including a number of pubs, shops and restaurants.
The Taoiseach described the murder of the two elderly brothers, whom he knew very well, as an act of savagery.
“I was shocked this morning to get a call from my own town where there has been the brutal and savage murder of two men I knew well,” Mr Kenny told the Dáil today. “I find this as an act of savagery.
“I have spoken to the gardaí and I know they are pursuing lines of inquiry and I hope that person or persons responsible are brought to justice in due course.”
Mr Kenny described the elderly brothers as “lovely people”. “They never harmed anybody in their lives, were residents of the street where my office is, I knew them very well,” he said. “I’m very sorry to hear of these brutal murders.”
The names of the men are known to gardaí, locals and the media, though The Irish Times has taken the decision not to release them until all relatives have been informed.
“They were harmless divils around the place, very quiet and well liked and everyone looked out for them,” said one business owner.
The men were non-drinkers but regular visitors to the pubs on their street, while staff of nearby Rocky’s Pub often brought tea to the men in their house.
The street where the men were found is in a busy area in the centre of Castlebar, immediately adjacent to Castlebar Shopping Centre in an area of the town with a high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Michael Kilcoyne, an Independent councillor in Castlebar, said the older community in the town were in shock over the deaths.
“It’s a terrible tragedy for the town. People, in particular older people, are in fear this morning and whatever resources the gardaí need should be made available to them without question,” he said.