Baby girl found abandoned in west Dublin is in a 'stable' condition
A baby girl found apparently abandoned in west Dublin this afternoon had been wrapped in plastic.
A member of the public made the discovery close to a business premises on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole this afternoon.
Independent.ie understands that the baby was found wrapped in a plastic bag near the Black Church Inn by a passer-by.
Emergency services were alerted and gardai and an ambulance arrived on the scene.
Superintendent Brendan Connolly, speaking today at Clondalkin Garda station made the following appeal, "Gardaí are concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child and are appealing for her to seek immediate medical treatment and to contact Gardaí who are anxious to reunite her with her baby”.
The baby, understood to be a newborn, was transferred to Tallaght Hospital at around 3.30pm, and is being treated there.
A garda source has described the baby's condition as "stable".
Local TD Derek Keating said efforts now needed to focus on helping the mother of the baby, saying that, as a community, "we need to carry this woman, this mother, through this very dark and difficulty time."
“It is my understanding that the baby is receiving all the support it needs now, so we must now turn to helping this poor mother.”
“Clearly this person is in need of medical support.”
Speaking to Independent.ie, the Dublin Mid–West representative said he was shocked by the news that a baby had been abandoned in Rathcoole.
“It is very sad in the year 2015 that people find themselves in a situation where they can’t express their feelings.”
“I would appeal for this poor lady to come forward so in a very non-judgemental and supportive way we can help her through this trauma.”
Anyone with information regarding the mother and/or the newborn child are urged to contact Gardai at Clondalkin on 01 6667600, The Garda Confidential Line or any Garda Station.
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