Saturday 10 December 2016

Disappearance of schoolboy transfixed the whole nation like Maddy case

Paul Williams

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí search the Dodder for Philip Cairns in October 1986
Gardaí search the Dodder for Philip Cairns in October 1986

The disappearance of a 13-year-old schoolboy in Dublin attracted huge attention - on a scale similar to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.

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The cases of missing children always deserve such attention.

Like Madeleine, the disappearance of Philip Cairns has been one of the most perplexing criminal cases in recent times.

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