Baby joy is tinged with sadness for partner of missing dad
Published 15/02/2010 | 05:00
MISSING man Paul Byrne's girlfriend told their unborn daughter every day how much her father loved her.
Paul went missing last July 15, weeks after his partner Martina McQuillan became pregnant with their second child.
The couple, who already have a two-year-old daughter Abbey, had previously decided that if it was a boy, they would name him after Paul.
Last Friday, Martina gave birth to a little girl at 5.22am, whom she named Faith.
But she says the joy of the birth of her daughter is overshadowed by the fact that Paul is still missing. The 20-year-old has been missing since two men called to the couple's house in Tallaght, Dublin, and bundled him into a wine-coloured Mitsubishi Carisma.
Gardai are investigating reports that some of his acquaintances may have been caught up in a drugs dispute although Paul was not involved.
Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Martina (20) said she had told their daughter all about her missing father.
And her name signified the hope she has that he would be found.
"My mother picked the name," she said last night.
"She's been a huge support to me through all of this and I let her pick the name."
Ms McQuillan also said she hopes to move house in the coming months as their home in Kilmartin Green, Tallaght, has been targeted by thugs.
"I have no plans to raise my daughters here," she said. "I don't know where we're going but I have two beautiful girls and I want to build a better future for them. This is no place to raise kids."
She said she had been intimidated and thugs had attempted to kick in her front door a number of times.
Hopes of finding out what happened to Paul were raised two weeks ago when the body of a young male was found in the Dublin mountains.
However, they were found to be the remains of father-of-one Ken Fetherston. The 26-year-old went missing from Tallaght in September.
Earlier this month, gardai searched Corkagh Park in Clondalkin, Dublin, for Paul -- in the first dedicated garda search for his body.
His family and friends meet every Saturday to conduct their own searches and have vowed to continue until he is found.