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Gerard Daly's remains identified in Kells, County Meath

Gardaí have said they have identified the remains of a man found in Kells, County Meath.

Gerard Daly was reported missing on 29 June 2011.

His remains were found during excavation work at Oristown Bog on Thursday.

A post-mortem examination was held at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan on Friday. Mr Daly's identity was confirmed on Saturday following the results of DNA analysis.

Gardaí said a man in his 50s was arrested in March 2013 in connection with Mr Daly's disappearance. He was later released without charge.

The burnt-out shell of a motor car was also recovered at Oristown Bog on Thursday.

It is understood the car was reported stolen in the Kells area in 2003.

The disappearance of Mr Daly, a father-of-three, had been treated as murder.

In May 2013, gardaí excavated a patio at the home of his neighbour, former detective John Kerins, who was shot dead in 2012. Nothing was found.

Mr Kerins had worked in the fraud squad in Dublin and was medically discharged from the force in 2009.

He had been questioned about the disappearance of Mr Daly.

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