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Friday 24 January 2020

Drone ban introduced at Trevor Deely search site

Police searching the site. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Police searching the site. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Eoghan McConnelle

Drones have been banned from flying over a three-acre site in Dublin where gardaí are searching for the remains of missing man Trevor Deely.

The Irish Aviation Authority and the Department of Justice have prohibited drones from flying over the Chapelizod woodland in west Dublin.

A Garda team is carrying out an intensive search of the council-owned site following a tip-off that the 22-year-old bank worker from Naas, Co Kildare, was murdered by a criminal after an office Christmas party in Dublin in 2000 and his body was hidden there.

Meanwhile, the mother of missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender said she hoped the search will have "a positive outcome".

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It is almost 21 years since Ms Pender (25) disappeared without trace from her apartment in Tullamore.

"I hope that they have some outcome for poor Trevor in the search for the parents' sake," said Josephine Pender.

"I am thinking of the parents all the time " she said.

The annual walk and run along the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore in memory of Ms Pender takes place on Sunday, August 27 along a stretch named 'Fiona's Way'.

Irish Independent

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