GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING the murder of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods have arrested a man after a large-scale manhunt.
The unidentified man is a major figure in the ongoing feud between two criminal gangs in the Drogheda area.
An arrest warrant was issued following multiple breaches of his bail conditions as he awaited trial for a crime unrelated to Keane's murder.
Gardaí have stressed that, while the man is suspected of involvement in Keane's murder, he has been arrested for this separate matter and that investigations into Keane's death are ongoing.
Bail breaches include failure to sign on at a Garda station on multiple occasions since December as well as suspicions that he had been staying at different addresses rather than his own.
Investigating Gardaí had been watching Dublin Port and Dublin airport over the past few days due to fears that the suspect would attempt to leave the country and flee to the UK.
The Irish Independent report that a special bulletin was sent to Gardaí warning that the criminal is "dangerous" and that Gardaí involved in the search should be armed.
The 24-year-old suspect is a leading figure on one side of the feud, and sources told the newspaper that he has been "driving a lot of hatred" in the gang war.
A second suspect in Keane's murder, a Dublin man in his 30's who was recently assaulted and mocked as part of the feud, was released from prison for a separate offence just weeks ago.