With his family appealing for on-the-run Derry man Kieran McLaughlin to give himself up, Gardai in Buncrana said yesterday they could not comment on the manhunt ‘for operational reasons’.
Speaking yesterday, too, local councillor, John Ryan said there was “a lot of fear and a lot of concern” in the Burnfoot-Muff area.
He spoke out after it was confirmed gardai were concentrating their search for Mr. McLaughlin, who may be armed, in the area.
He is being sought by police in Derry following the murder of 35 years old Barry McCrory last Thursday morning.
Mr. McCrory was gunned down in a flat in the Shipquay Street area of Derry city centre.
Colr Ryan told the ‘Journal: “I am aware from talking to people that there is a lot of fear and a lot of concern as regards where Mr. McLaughlin may be hiding out.
“There was a massive Gardai operation in a small rural area on a Friday night - not exactly what we are used to.
“I would presume that level of operation must have been deemed justified.
“There are quite a few isolated houses in this region and, needless to say, people were worried.”
The house at the centre of the cross border hunt at Iskaheen was discovered to be empty after a dramatic eight hour ‘siege’ which ran into the early hours of Saturday morning.
Locals reported gardai admitting McLaughlin was not ‘where we thought he was’
Yesterday, local people confirmed there was no noticeable garda presence in the area and that ‘the tension has eased.”
Mr McLaughlin is described as being 5ft 7in in height, of medium build with blue eyes and grey hair.