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Sunday 20 April 2014

Susan fought for autism services for Patrick

AUTISM campaigner Susan Dunne, was desperately trying to get the son now accused of her murder better care facilities in the months leading up to her death. The 62-year-old, whose remains were discovered at her Lixnaw home on Wednesday, had been doing everything she could to get her autistic son Patrick better care services since he became an adult.

Patrick (20) was charged with his mother's murder on Thursday night, a day after her body was found by neighbours in her remote Lixnaw home.

Patrick had attended the Nano Nagle special needs school in Listowel as a teenager but was left without a full-time autism service since becoming an adult. He now stands accused of murdering the one woman who was doing more than anyone else to secure better facilities for him.

A tireless campaigner in her work as chairwoman of Kerry Autism Action, Ms Dunne had been fighting for some form of structured care for her son at the time of her death.

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