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,