Arrests Made Into Unsolved Murder Of Dessie Fox


Gardaí say the arrest of two men in the Dessie Fox murder case is ‘significant’. The well known bookmaker was shot dead in Co. Kildare almost 28 years.

Up to 17 people have so far been arrested and questioned in connection with the investigation.

Gardaí also believe that a number of people have yet to come forward who may be able to help bring those responsible to justice.

Dessie Fox from Dungannon in County Tyrone was on his way to a race meeting at the Curragh when he was ambushed by a gang at Healy’s Bridge in Prosperous on the 30th of September 1990.

The 47 year old was shot and died at the scene – while he was also robbed of a large sum of cash. Earlier today two men aged 50 and 61 were arrested in the Dublin area.

They’re being questioned at Naas and Leixlip garda stations this evening. A garda spokesman said:

“Gardai have arrested two men as part of an ongoing investigation in to the murder of Dessie Fox at Healy’s Bridge, Prosperous, Co Kildare on 30/9/1990.

“The two men, aged 50 and 61 years were arrested in the Dublin area this morning during an operation involving Gardaí from the Kildare Division and members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

“They are currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Naas and Leixlip Garda Stations.

“Investigating Gardaí continue to appeal for information in this case and believe that a number of people have yet to come forward who may now be in a position to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Naas Garda Station 045-884300, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.