Wednesday 24 May 2017

Search for Philip Cairns goes on, 30 years after he vanished

Hundreds of people turned out for the 30th anniversary march for Philip Cairns yesterday in Rathfarnham. Photo: Doug O’Connor
Hundreds of people turned out for the 30th anniversary march for Philip Cairns yesterday in Rathfarnham. Photo: Doug O’Connor

Patrick Kelleher

It has been 30 years since Philip Cairns disappeared near his home in Rathfarnham - but locals have not given up on finding him.

The anniversary was marked yesterday by a march to search for answers in a case which has never been solved.

Jenny McCudden, one of the organisers of the march, said that the goal was to get justice for Philip. She said: "I think now is the time. He's 30 years missing. We need to get up now and find him."

New evidence came to light last June that suggested Eamon Cooke, a DJ at a pirate radio station, may have been involved in the disappearance of the schoolboy.

The sexual predator was interviewed twice by gardaí before his death; however, he never made any admission to the murder.

Since Philip's disappearance, his father has passed away. His mother, Alice Cairns, still lives in Dublin and last June said she still hoped the case would be solved. "You always have to have hope," she added.

Irish Independent

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