Thursday 18 October 2018

Missing Annie McCarrick's mother 'astonished' to learn of IRA suspect in student's disappearance

Annie McCarrick
Annie McCarrick
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The mother of a missing American student said she was "stunned" to hear that a member of the IRA has been linked to her daughter's disappearance.

New Yorker Annie McCarrick (26) was last seen leaving famed nightspot Johnnie Fox's on March 23 almost 22 years ago.

Her remains have never been found since she left her house in Sandymount earlier that day to go walking in Enniskerry.

However, in the new book Missing, Presumed by Detective Sergeant Alan Bailey, it is revealed that an IRA killer and child abuser was established as a "credible suspect". 

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In a rare public statement about the investigation into her daughter's disappearance, Nancy McCarrick said she was "astonished".

"I can't believe that no one ever mentioned this to me, especially as this all happened a long time ago... I am astonished to hear of this now," she told The Star.

Bailey's book reveals how gardai received information that Annie was murdered by the IRA man after they met in Glencullen bar Johnnie Fox's.

A witness to this fateful meeting apparently corroborates this information, which came from a "credible intelligence source".

This source outlined the murder and subsequent burial and re-burial at a different location in a "very detailed and specific" way.

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According to Bailey, this IRA man was moved out of Belfast after allegedly raping the daughter of another IRA man.

Later, after the disappearance of Annie McCarrick, the man moved to France before being helped to move on to the US.

He was never tracked down, arrested or questioned about Annie's disappearance.

Gardai now believe he was shielded by the IRA.

Yesterday Nancy declined to appeal to those in the IRA who knew where her daughter's body was buried.

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