Tuesday 26 September 2017

Gardaí to dig up field in search for Philip’s body

Land linked to dead paedophile Cooke at centre of investigation

The area of land in the Dublin mountains once owned by Eamon Cooke where gardaí will begin a search for the remains of Philip. Photo: Damien Eagers
The area of land in the Dublin mountains once owned by Eamon Cooke where gardaí will begin a search for the remains of Philip. Photo: Damien Eagers

Paul Williams

A field in the foothills of the Dublin mountains is now at the centre of the Garda investigation into the abduction of schoolboy Philip Cairns.

The Irish Independent can reveal that the corner of an isolated field, which overlooks the capital, was once used by paedophile Eamon Cooke to transmit a signal for his pirate radio station.

Witnesses have told gardaí that they saw Cooke using a digger on the property more than 30 years ago when he positioned a radio signal repeater.

It has been claimed that the serial child abuser concealed a container 20ft underground on the site, where he also once kept a caravan.

Gardaí are now expected to focus on the plot of land and will make a decision in the coming days on digging there.

The scenic hillside location has become a potential crime scene after Cooke was linked to the disappearance of Philip three decades ago.

Irish Independent

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