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Eoin O'Connor and Anthony Keegan: Police launch murder inquiry

Eoin O'Connor and Anthony Keegan Image copyright Garda press office
Image caption Eoin O'Connor and Anthony Keegan were last seen in County Cavan on Tuesday 22 April

Gardaí (Irish police) have confirmed that the bodies of two men found on an island on the Cavan/Meath border were those of two missing Dublin men.

Eoin O'Connor, 32, and Anthony Keegan, 33, from Coolock, Dublin, were last seen in Cavan on 22 April after telling their families they were going to a meeting.

Their bodies were found at 16:30 BST on the island on Lough Sheelin on Monday.

Police have launched a murder investigation into their deaths.

At the time of their disappearance, Gardaí said they suspected they had gone to Cavan to settle a drugs debt to a criminal gang.

A car belonging to one of the men was discovered near a lake in County Westmeath, three days after they were last seen.

Following a search on Monday, their bodies were discovered.

Both appeared to have been tied up and were under tarpaulin that had been covered with vegetation.

A house by the lough's shore has also been cordoned off for a forensic examination.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone with information, particularly those from the boating community on Lough Sheelin, or anyone who may have been on the lough between 22 April and 26 May, to contact them.

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