Roscommon native ‘respected businessman and ‘genuine guy’

Gardaí believe murdered Roscommon businessman, Aidan Moffitt, was the victim of a hate crime and may have arranged to meet his killer on Sunday afternoon.

  Mr. Moffitt (42) was originally from Lisacul in Roscommon, but had lived in Sligo for a number of years. He was a respected local businessman who ran an auctioneering business and provided advice on mortgages and loans.

  He was also a popular Fine Gael activist and had previously campaigned with Boyle native and Minister of State, Frank Feighan.

  Gardaí were called to Mr. Moffitt’s house at Cartron Heights in Sligo at around 8.30 pm on Monday night where his body had been discovered. There were significant injuries to his head and torso.

  The body was removed from the house on Tuesday and brought to University Hospital Sligo where a postmortem took place, conducted by State Pathologist Sally Anne Collis.

  In a statement this week, Sligo-Leitrim TD Frank Feighan said Mr. Moffitt was an active member of Fine Gael and a “really good, genuine guy”, who loved the horses and GAA and was extremely popular in political and sporting circles.

  “He was very loyal, very hard-working and he had a successful auctioneering and financial services business which he had built up over the past few years,” he said.

  “He was a friend, absolutely a friend and I knew his family well from when he lived in west Roscommon”.

  Deputy Feighan said Mr. Moffitt was a great supporter of his in the last General Election and all party candidates in all elections in the constituency through the years.

  “He was from a place called Lisacul, just outside Ballaghaderreen in Roscommon and was living in Sligo for the past 12 or 13 years, working for Bank of Ireland in the first place,” he added.

  Minister Feighan said that people were shocked by the level of violence involved in the attack and that the community was trying to come to terms with what happened.

  The Garda Press Office stated: “Investigating Gardaí are appealing to any person who was in Cartron Heights or the general Cartron area on the afternoon of Monday, April 11th up to 8.30 pm and who saw anything which drew their attention, to contact investigating Gardaí.

  “Investigating Gardaí can be contacted at a dedicated phone number at the incident room in Sligo Garda Station at 071-9157088, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666111 or any Garda station”.