Meeting between Mary Boyle's sister and Kildare TD has taken place

Mary Boyle
The twin sister of Mary Boyle has just met with Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy. Mary was just six years old when she vanished from her grandparents’ farm in Co Donegal in  1977.  She remains Ireland’s longest missing child case. The meeting between Kildare's Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Mary's sister Ann has just taken place in the Dail.  There are no further details to report at this point. Ann recently made a formal statement to Gardai about the identity of the person she believes murdered her sister. Ann says Mary was killed by somebody known to her. She says on a number of occasions she was told the identity of the killer by a person close to her, but neither that person nor the suspect have ever been arrested. Ann says a senior Garda told her there was political interference in the case, which she believes prevented Mary’s killer from being brought to justice. She says this former officer told her that a politician made contact with Gardai in the days after the child’s murder and made an unusual request, in an effort to hinder the investigation. This Garda also believes Mary Boyle may have been sexually assaulted before her death. Ann believes her sister is buried somewhere on the 180 acres of farmland in Cashelard, Ballyshannon, once owned by her late grandfather Patrick Gallagher.

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