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Man Held Over Swords Murder

Fingal Community CollegeThe steps of Fingal Community College where locals have been laying tributes to the late Dermot Byrne.

The grim discovery of a man’s body on North Street, Swords in the early hours of last Sunday morning has shocked the entire community of Swords.

A man has been arrested in relation to the death of 54-year-old father-of-three, named locally as Dermot Byrne from Milesian estate in Swords. He was viciously beaten and dumped on a street, where he was found by a passer-by.

The victim’s body was found on the steps at Fingal Community College, on North Street shortly after 3am.

It is believed that Mr Byrne suffered multiple blunt force injuries to his head and body, which were consistent with a prolonged and sustained beating.

It is believed that the attack may have happened elsewhere and that Mr Byrne was later dumped on the street. His injuries were so bad it is suspected that whoever carried out the attack may have believed he was dead when they dumped him.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with the garda investigation. He was being detained at Swords garda station. Gardaí have appealed for witnesses.

Local councillors, Joe Newman and Duncan Smith were horrified by the tragic incident, when they spoke to the County Leader. Newman said, “This is an unspeakable tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family. Swords is normally a very safe place to enjoy yourself and the entire community are shocked by this,” he said.

Smith said, “There was an air of disbelief and sadness in Swords after the news broke. Nobody could believe that such a thing like this could happen in Swords. All our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family,” he said.

Cllr Darragh Butler said, Like many other Swords residents, I was shocked by what happened. My thoughts go out to the deceased man and especially his family and friends at this very difficult time. Everyone should be able to go out and enjoy themselves on a night out and get back home safely to their family afterwards.”