Four men who formed part of a paedophile ring in the Dalkey House of Horrors case are still living in the idyllic seaside village, according to the mother of an infant murdered 47 years ago.
In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Cynthia Owen has appealed to other sex abuse victims of the men to now come forward in order for gardaí to progress the renewed investigation into the cold case murder.
Last Thursday, gardaí appealed for help in solving the murder of newborn baby Noleen Murphy, stabbed to death and dumped in a laneway in a plastic bag in 1973.
In a seismic development in the case last week, a detective superintendent for the first time named the child as Noleen Murphy. At the press conference, Detective Superintendent Martin Creighton acknowledged that the murdered infant was born to sex abuse victim Cynthia Owen, who was just 11 years old when she gave birth.
The baby was born as a consequence of sexual abuse in the family home.
An inquest into baby Noleen's death in 2007 found that Cynthia was the mother of the child who was violently killed in the family home in White's Villas in Dalkey. That court heard allegations that Cynthia's late mother Josephine stabbed the baby to death with knitting needles before dumping the baby in a nearby laneway in Dún Laoghaire.
Cynthia, who now lives in Wales, spoke this weekend of her ongoing quest for justice for her murdered baby. She has maintained that her late father Peter systematically raped her and others as a child and also allowed other men into their home to commit rape.
"There are four men still living in Dalkey who were part of the paedophile ring who abused me," she said. "I am asking other abuse victims of these men to come forward. Gardaí can reinterview these men if others come forward, it could help progress the case. These men could still be abusing children. This is not just about me and Noleen. There are other victims of these men."
Two other men, one now in London and the other living in the west of Ireland, also took part in sustained sexual abuse at her Dalkey home, according to Cynthia. She has given statements to gardaí saying two former members of An Garda Síochána were part of the group of men her father invited to their home to rape her.
"There are six men still alive who were part of this abuse. If anyone has any information about the crimes these men committed, please come forward. Noleen long deserves justice and recognition. So does the 11-year-old child that I was when this happened to me. That 11-year-old child also deserves justice. Two children were victims of a horrific crime that night," she added. "The adult in me wants justice for that 11-year-old who saw her daughter murdered. This has destroyed and taken over my life. On my death bed, I'll still be looking for justice for both of those children."
Det Supt Creighton last week appealed for help from the public to finally solve the case. "We are here today to appeal for information into the death of baby Noleen, who suffered a violent death within 24 hours of her birth. Over the years since 1973, baby Noleen's murder and related matters have been the subject of sustained garda investigation. However, all available lines of inquiries have now been exhausted," the senior officer said.
"You may ask why the appeal is being held now, 47 years after baby Noleen's murder took place? In the first instance Noleen and her mother Cynthia deserve justice. Maybe someone with an important piece of information that didn't come forward at the time, but now with passage of time and life experience feels that they may be ready to come forward now. I want to reach out to that person."
A Serious Crime Review Team probe into the unsolved murder has just been completed and is due to be handed over to the new investigation team in Dún Laoghaire.
Last week's garda appeal was the first ever by the force into baby Noleen's murder and came about after sustained pressure from Cynthia and her solicitor Gerry Dunne.
"To hear a garda superintendent say for the first time ever that I was the mother of a murdered infant, for that to finally be acknowledged by them, it was huge moment for me. It was monumental for me as a victim. It was what I needed to hear. This is about validation and recognition for me and my child," she said.
"In May 2019, I saw the Kerry babies appeal for information. And I thought: what is the difference between my daughter and poor baby John? I am very pleased with the renewed garda investigation and the team now involved in the case."
At the 2007 inquest, the coroner ruled that baby Noleen was the child of Cynthia. The court also heard claims that her mother Josephine stabbed the newborn to death with knitting needles in an attempt to cover up child abuse in the family home.
Baby Noleen was discovered in a laneway known locally as Lee's Lane, in a plastic bag along with a knitting needle at 6.45pm on April 4, 1973 by schoolboys. She was buried at an infant's plot in Glasnevin Cemetery. The 1973 murder investigation lasted just weeks. The 2007 inquest heard of a catalogue of errors by the original investigation team, including that the murder probe lasted just six weeks and no blood samples were taken from Noleen or any forensics from the crime scene.
This weekend, Cynthia directly appealed to Dublin coroner Myra Cullinane to request an exhumation order from the justice minister to have her daughter's remains exhumed. This request was rejected by Ms Cullinane in November of last year.
"I'm appealing to the coroner to reconsider the request to exhume my daughter, in light of the garda developments this week. If this happened, we could finally find out who my daughter's father is. He could be one of the four men living in Dalkey."
In 1995, Cynthia Owen came forward to state that she was the mother of the child. She told detectives that she had been raped by her father Peter Murphy Snr and others in her family home in Dalkey.
Three of Cynthia's siblings died by suicide and her younger sister Theresa left a lengthy note outlining the depraved abuse she and one of her brothers suffered.
Over the past 25 years, Cynthia has given numerous statements to gardaí, among them alleging her parents had hired their children out as part of a paedophile ring and naming several men including three former gardaí.
She also claimed she gave birth to a second baby, John, two years after Noleen was born and that he was buried in the garden of the house. An excavation at the garden in Dalkey carried out by gardaí yielded no results. In 2006 the DPP stated there would be no prosecutions surrounding Noleen's death.
Anyone with information should contact Dún Laoghaire garda station on 01-6665000 or the Garda Confidential Line, 1800666111.