Crime­call (RTE1)

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - GUIDE -

IT must have been a subconscious thing. I’d been watch­ing the Crime­call fea­ture on the mur­der of Tom Oliver by the IRA in 1991, think­ing that much of it was good. Any­thing pre­sented by Keelin Shan­ley usu­ally is.

There was the tes­ti­mony of Mr Oliver’s son Eu­gene and daugh­ter Siob­han, who de­scribed the trauma of seven young chil­dren los­ing their fa­ther in such hor­ri­ble cir­cum­stances; the pre­sen­ta­tion of new ev­i­dence about the car that might have been used on the night; the fact that gar­dai were still pur­su­ing the case after 26 years. All of this was good. Keelin, with that supremely cool style of hers, which will be per­fect on the Six One News, was re­call­ing the de­tails of the case with a Garda su­per­in­ten­dent, but still it felt some­thing was not quite right.

They seemed to be get­ting through the facts: the dis­ap­pear­ance of Tom Oliver from his farm in Coo­ley, Co Louth after he had gone to check on a cow calv­ing; the move­ments of sus­pects in the lo­cal­ity on the day; the des­per­ate search by the fam­ily, and the even­tual dis­cov­ery of the body in Co Ar­magh.

It all ap­peared to be gen­er­ally in or­der,

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