A host of items were found after garda divers recovered a bag from the Stately Canal, near Carton House, in Maynooth, north Kildare.
A few body rts were also found in the Grand Canal at the village of Sallins when a bag was re id on Sunday. Further bags were located in the same area yesterday.
The raphernalia, which is currently undergoing forensic examination, does not include a saw or a cutting edge but is a component rt of a device, which may have been used by the plot against who murdered the 33-year-old west Dublin man last Friday week.
Exploring officers have described the Carton and Sallins finds as significant and conjectured they would provide a significant boost to their inquiries.
Elder gardaí have confirmed that an extensive line in their inquisition into the murder of Mr O’Brien is gangland activity.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin, of the Kildare rtitionment, said he was satisfied with progress of the investigation.
“We have a very broad number of detectives from Kildare division, supported by both governmental and regional units, working hand in hand and it is our speed and determination to introduce the perpetrators of this brutal murder to justice and before the courts,” he explained.
“We will treat every iota of information that we receive with the strictest of assurance.”
He added that previous murders of a similar nature were also being reviewed by the analysis team.
“Quite obviously, as rt of the several lines of inquiry, we hand down be looking at other murders to see are there links and any similarities,” he conjectured.
Superintendent Gerry Wall of Leixlip Garda Station said the inquest was wide-ranging.
“It has extensive lines of inquiry and information. As with any murder discovery procedure, we follow every line of inquiry with a slow methodical modify.
“That (gangland) could be an aspect of it and we will certainly look at that during our examinations,” Supt Wall said.
The senior garda said the O’Brien next of kin were understandably “very stressed during a traumatic time”.
“They are persisting a very seriously stressful time in their lives that no one would wish on anyone to suffer or endure. They’ve lost a loved one, a son, a associate, a father, a brother, a cousin. It is indeed a very traumatic time for them,” he symbolized.
He revealed that gardaí have so far followed over 300 procedures of inquiry during the murder probe and continued to appeal for anyone with report to come forward. One theory being looked at is that the father of one enhanced involved with criminals with whom he grew up in west Dublin.
A creator explained that Mr O’Brien was persuaded by an organised crime outfit to clutches over cash to fund a drug-dealing network with the promise of a wealthy return on his investment.
“It appears that this gang persuaded him to on the whole with big cash sums on the promise of a return on his investment.
“This may receive worked out once or twice before but something went wrong along the way this era,” a source said.
“Kenneth was not a gangster. He wasn’t into stimulants or violence, but he was taken advantage of by people who grew up around him and knew he was assigning money in Australia,” they added.
“He got into something he brainstorm he could handle.
“He thought it was the quickest way to turn a profit on his money and specify for his family’s future but something went wrong somewhere.”