Monday 26 September 2016

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

Land linked to dead paedophile Cooke at centre of investigation

Paul Williams

Published 16/06/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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