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Thursday 17 August 2017

Mum of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns on suspect Eamon Cooke: ‘Lord have mercy on his soul, you have to forgive, don’t you?'

Philip Cairns was in first-year of school when he disappeared. Inset: Eamon Cooke is now the suspect in his disappearance
Philip Cairns was in first-year of school when he disappeared. Inset: Eamon Cooke is now the suspect in his disappearance
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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THE mum of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns has revealed that she forgives the man who has been linked to her son’s disappearance.

In an interview with Today with Sean O’Rourke, Alice Cairns said she didn’t think her son knew the late convicted paedophile Eamon Cooke, who has been linked to his disappearance since new information surfaced last week. 

Philip's mother Alice, pictured at her home in Rathfarnham, Dublin shortly after her son’s disappearance
Philip's mother Alice, pictured at her home in Rathfarnham, Dublin shortly after her son’s disappearance

However, she said that if Cooke was involved she would forgive him.

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“Lord have mercy on his soul,” Mrs. Cairns said of Cooke, “You have to forgive, don’t you?”

Philip Cairns went missing from his Rathfarnham home as a 13-year-old schoolboy in 1986 and recent revelations that the paedophile and radio DJ Eamon Cooke was involved in her son's disappearance came as a bolt from the blue - and gave her family fresh hope of resolution.

Read More: Gardaí hope Cooke's death will help other victims to come forward now

Mrs. Cairns said  it is only in the last year or two that she has come to terms with the fact that her son Philip won’t come home.

“You’re always hoping that maybe this day, or this week, or a few days’ time we might hear from somewhere – some part of the world,” she said.

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Cooke died earlier this month and Mrs Cairns said she was devastated that new revelations linking him to her son’s disappearance have come after his death.

“Well, the Gardaí should know exactly what happened and the man is dead now, so it’s not going to affect anybody in the present time,” she said. 

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In an interview with the Herald this week, Mrs Cairns said she is not aware that Philip knew Cooke at all.

“He never mentioned him and as far as I know he didn’t know him. I never saw him before and never heard Philip talk about him,” she said.

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“Philip was only sort of getting into music but he wouldn’t have been that involved that he would be going to radio stations,” Alice said.

“He’d hardly ever been in the local record shop. He was just starting secondary school and left here to go back to school, after that we just don’t know still.

“You’re always hoping there will be something, a new lead, but then when it happens you have more questions,” she said.

Philip’s father, Philip senior, died a number of years ago before the mystery of his son’s vanishing could be solved.

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