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Saturday 24 February 2018

Mother makes anguished plea for life of son abducted 6 days ago in Dublin

Geraldine Noonan
Geraldine Noonan
Geraldine Noonan appeals for the safe return of her son on RTE's Prime Time
Ciaran Noonan reporters

A TERRIFIED mother has made a desperate plea for the return of her son who was beaten and abducted on a Dublin street six days ago.

Geraldine Noonan broke down as she begged his abductors to spare the life of her son Ciaran (29).

“He’s my child. He’s a father. He has a brother, a dad, aunts, uncles, cousins. He’s a human being. He’s my flesh and blood.

''Anyone out there with any compassion, give me my child. I haven't eaten, slept. I just can't do this much longer. I just want my son, I want him home. Anyone out there that has seen, heard, please inform Store Street gardaí, please."

She said Ciaran got in with the ''wrong crowd'' and that drugs came and took over his life for the last seven years.

He was kidnapped in broad daylight in East Wall in Dublin’s north inner city last Thursday evening.

He was suffering from a crippling drug habit and it is understood that he had an outstanding debt to a well known drug dealer from Coolock.

Four men in black VW Golf car, registration number 05 D 88805, pulled alongside him on Russell Avenue.

He ran into a nearby garden and tried to hide, but he was dragged out of the garden and beaten with what appeared to be an iron bar before being pushed into the car.

Gardai later found bloodstains at the scene and on the rear seat of the car.

Mr Noonan's younger brother Damian (25) said their mother Geraldine was "in bits" over the kidnapping.

He said the family had tried to get Ciaran professional help and into addiction programmes, but he could not be weaned off his drug habit.

"Most people think he's probably dead now," Damian said. "He was taking drugs. We tried to help him, but he just kept going on the drugs."

The VW Golf was found in an underground car park at the Killegland apartments in Ashbourne, Co Meath, on Saturday evening.

But gardai are satisfied that the car was left there at 8pm on Thursday - three hours after the abduction – and they are anxious to trace the movements of that car.

The car had not been stolen and gardai want to interview the owner but have been unable to make contact with him.

As concerns for his life increased gardai arrested a young woman and questioned her about allegedly withholding information about his disappearance.

The woman, who is in her mid-20s, was arrested by detectives in the city centre on Monday afternoon and taken to the investigation headquarters at Store Street station for questioning. She can be held for up to three days.

Garda Supt Frank Clerkin appealed to anybody who might have seen the distinctive four-door saloon car, with a rear spoiler, alloy wheels and tinted windows, during the time it left East Wall and arrived at the Ashbourne complex to contact them at Store Street on 01 6668089, or on the confidential line 1800 666111.

He pointed out that motorists might have seen the car in traffic as the kidnappers made their escape.

Gardai have established that Mr Noonan had a number of drug debts and his family have confirmed that they paid off some of the debts in the past.

The prime suspect for his disappearance is a drug trafficker, who is originally from Coolock on the northside of the city but has been living at a number of addresses in the recent past.

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