The murder of Patrick Nugent Bunratty co. Clare 1984 and the ongoing cover up

Calvin J. Hamilton

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*The following information was Kindly provided by SeamusNapoleon with a view to having my original thread on this important and controversial subject unzooed*, the original thread having been stringjacked in its infancy

Patrick Nugent was found dead on the grounds of Bunratty Folk Park in February 1984. Nugent was function manager at the park, and there had been an event taking place that night attended by, among others, some off-duty Gardaí.

Although initially the death was attributed to a hit-and-run, the behaviour of Gardaí at the scene of the crime, and the subsequent farce of a trial, led to concerns that further foul play had been covered up. Nugent's family and many locals sought to have an inquiry into his death. Although the campaign was taken up by a local TD, it eventually lost momentum.

The family continued to seek justice, and a new inquiry was announced late last year, as reported in the Clare Champion:

Family secure Bunratty death inquiry | The Clare Champion

Magill covered the story at the time. It opens:
In February of last year, a party was held at the Folk Park near Bunratty Castle in County Clare. 'Over sixty people attended. When the party was over, there were less than a dozen people left behind and the function manaager, Patrick Nugent, was dead. There is evidence to suggest that a car acciident may have had something to do with his death. But nobody there on that night admitted to seeing what happened. William Ryan was afterwards charged with manslaughter. Last month, he was acquitted on all counts.

There are still many unanswered questions about the death of Patrick Nugent. The fact that two gardai who were at the party apparently tried to cover up something from the initial garda investigation fostered suspicion about the circumstances in which Patrick Nugent died. The recent trial of William Ryan has not cleared that suspicion in the minds of his family, 'or indeed locally.
 


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Not only were they willing to cover up a crime but blame some innocent thereby nearly ruining if not actually ruining two families.

In FG/FF pixie land there's so many political connections to unsolved crimes there's no desire by the corrupt office class of AGS to look to hard at them, hell, in some cases they actively collude in subversion of justice to out right criminal behaviour.
 

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With Ireland being such a small place, and so many people having ''connections'' with AGS its not a bit wonder the place is so lawless, bad way to serve justice when whoever has ''connections'' higher up the Gardai food chain than someone with lesser connections is the person listened too
 

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I remember the case well at the time, and from the very beginning, it was evident in the Shannon side region, that the real story was very different from the bare facts known at the time. Unfortunately, after 32 years it is getting less likely that the truth about Patrick Nugent's death will ever come out in public.R.I.P
 

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FG and Lab were in power at the time.

Odd how lots of crime goes unsolved when they are in power.
 

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The general opinion at the time was that while Mr Nugent's death was not premeditated that events quickly got out of control, and there was a cover-up initiated on the night and in subsequent investigations.
 

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Why does the Patrick Nugent case not get more media coverage, the players in the cover up must be very important, why the delay in reopening the case.


I don't know about not pre-meditated, if you beat a man senseless or maybe even to death and then leave his body close to a car that you know the driver will get into soon [oblivious of the prone body on the ground] and drive over, or reverse over the prone body lying on the ground, its fairly pre- meditated
 

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The general opinion at the time was that while Mr Nugent's death was not premeditated that events quickly got out of control, and there was a cover-up initiated on the night and in subsequent investigations.
Not just a cover up but they actually tried to pin it on an innocent man, no doubt selected because he had "no pull".
 

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There was a lot of talk of harassment of Nugent and other victims familys concerned in the case,by the Gardai at the time and long afterwards
 

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There was a lot of talk of harassment of Nugent and other victims familys concerned in the case,by the Gardai at the time and long afterwards
Not surprising just look at the latest revelations of how they go after their own what chance a family, man, woman or child who couldn't pick up the phone to the local FF/FG party man and o have a word with so and so.
 


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