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Sunday 18 March 2018

Trench to be dug up in search for mum

Georgina O'Halloran

GARDAI plan to dig up a trench filled in at a hospital on the morning a woman went missing from the facility more than 30 years ago.

Alice Clifford (57), of Cremona Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, vanished from St Loman's Hospital in west Dublin on November 28, 1979.

Now Dublin City Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty has revealed that a person contacted his office and "has brought forward new evidence" on the matter.

The individual informed the office of the Dublin County Coroner that a trench was dug at St Loman's Hospital to lay electric cable and that it was filled in the morning that Mrs Clifford went missing.

Gardai will need a few weeks to excavate the site, the inquest heard.

The new evidence emerged in the past seven days following an adjournment of the inquest into Mrs Clifford's death last week. "We have to investigate that further," said Dr Geraghty.

The coroner granted an application by Detective Inspector Dick McDonnell, of Lucan garda station, for an adjournment of the inquest to allow time for the excavations to be carried out.

He adjourned the proceedings until a date in November. Dr Geraghty said he hoped he would be able to hold the inquest in full on that date.

It is understood there has been no development in the area where the trench was dug and gardai hope to narrow down the field of excavation to as specific an area as possible.

Mrs Clifford, a mother of seven, was being treated for Alzheimer's at the hospital when she went missing.

Irish Independent

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