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Sunday 25 September 2016

Excavations begin in garden following allegations newborn babies were killed and buried there

Current occupants of the house are not connected to the investigation

Published 03/05/2016 | 15:39

GRISLY: Workers bring equipment to the house where gardai will dig for the bodies of two babies. Photo: Colin Keegan
GRISLY: Workers bring equipment to the house where gardai will dig for the bodies of two babies. Photo: Colin Keegan

Excavations have begun in the back garden of a Walkinstown house at the centre of allegations that two newborn babies were killed and buried there.

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A 53-year-old woman has alleged that she was raped by her father and other men at the home in south-west Dublin when she was a child and teenager in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

She alleged that she gave birth to two babies, when she was aged 12 and 14, who were killed and then buried in the garden.

She believed she saw one being buried in a garden, which was dug up at the time.

The current occupants of the house are not connected to the investigation.

The Herald can now confirm that digging has begun at the site and a skip in the driveway has been filled with earth and covered in protective tarpaulin.

It is understood the soil from this skip will be removed to a secure location and sifted through and analysed while further excavations are being carried out.

The earth was removed through the house, as there is no direct access to the back garden from the road.

A ramp has been built at the front door and a small dumper truck that runs on rubber caterpillar tracks could also be seen in the front garden.

Two portable toilets (inset) have been placed in the small front garden, and rolls of black plastic and weatherproof white screening boards were also visible.

The occupants of the house have been moved to a different location while the searches, which could take three weeks, are carriedout.

A structure built in the back garden may also have to removed in order to complete the dig in case it was built on the site of the alleged shallow graves. It is understood the woman who made the allegations also said a number of personal items were buried with the babies’ bodies.

Gardai want to speak to the woman’s elderly mother as part of the investigation.

The woman’s father has since died.

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