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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Victim's mum hopes for safe return of latest missing man


THE mother of a Dublin man who disappeared and is believed to have been murdered one year ago said she hoped the latest gangland abduction victim, Ciaran Noonan, "comes home safe".

An anniversary Mass for James Kenny-McDonagh, 28, father of a 10-year-old daughter, was held yesterday in St Michael's Church in Inchicore.

Mr Kenny-McDonagh was the innocent victim of a vicious south Dublin gang leader responsible for at least 10 murders in the past decade.

The gangster previously murdered another young Dublin man, Patrick Lawlor, 19, in 1999. His body was recovered from a shallow grave beside the Grand Canal in 2002.

Mr Kenny-McDonagh's mother, Jackie Kenny, yesterday said her life has been "a living nightmare" since her son disappeared on October 27 last year.

She said she hoped the family of Mr Noonan, 29, does not have to endure the nightmare she has suffered.

Mr Noonan, also the father of a nine-year-old girl, was abducted by a northside drug gang in the East Wall area last Thursday week.

Gardai last week arrested a woman in her 20s in relation to Mr Noonan's disappearance after the discovery of the car used by his abductors at a block of flats at Killegland, Ashbourne, Co Meath.

They are hopeful of discovering Mr Noonan's whereabouts and have information about the gang, one of whose members was questioned about the murder of 22-year-old Donna Cleary, shot dead in Coolock in 2005.

Last week, Mr Noonan's mother made public appeals for the return of her son. Geraldine Noonan said her son had a heroin addiction and the family had previously raised money to pay drug debts to save him from violence.

Mrs Kenny said she understood the nightmare being endured by the family of Mr Noonan. "I hope he comes home safe. I hope they get him back sooner than I have had to wait," she said.

Sunday Independent

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