Taoiseach says IRA did not kill Rafferty

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said the he is satisfied that there was no official involvement by republicans in the brutal murder of a Dublin man in West Dublin in April.
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"I don't think there were any instructions given by the IRA," Ahern said on Tuesday, adding: "Elements, probably of criminality, claimed they had links with republicans."

Since the murder, several notoriously anti-republican journalists have claimed that the IRA killed Rafferty while others have said that Sinn Féin members were responsible. This has been vehemently denied by Sinn Féin from the outset.

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