Inquiry into car dealer's death nears conclusion


The investigation into the death of a second-hand car dealer who was murdered more than four years ago is expected to conclude within the month.

Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that a number of lines of inquiry have yet to be completed in the Garda inquiry into the death of 27-year-old Christopher McDonagh, who was shot dead at his home on the Woodavens estate in Ronanstown, west Dublin, on September 9th, 2008.

Barged into home

Two men are believed to have barged into his home just before midnight.

McDonagh attempted to escape through his bedroom window but he was shot dead on the pavement outside the house.

The deceased, who was originally from Crumlin, was known to gardaí and had links to drugs gangs in the capital.

Requesting a six-month adjournment of the inquest into the death yesterday, Det Insp Richard McDonnell said that the matter was still under investigation with lines of inquiry yet to be completed.

However, he said that he envisaged the investigation being completed within three to four weeks.

Whether or not a file will be sent to the Director of Prosecutions will depend on the remaining lines of inquiry, he said.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on May 10th next year.