The family of a Wicklow town man missing for over two weeks have genuine fears over his safety.
Thirty-eight-year-old Barry Corcoran vanished from his home in Ocean View on July 6 and a missing persons appeal has been launched by the gardaí.
There have been a number of reported sightings of Barry in south Dublin and the inner city but investigating gardaí have been unable to confirm any of them.
Superintendent Paul Hogan says the past few weeks have been particularly harrowing for the Corcoran family.
'There hasn't been a confirmed sighting since July 6. We have had reports of some possible sightings in Dublin but we are still trying to get confirmation.
'There have been claims he was spotted in Tallaght, Kilmainham and other locations in south Dublin.
'We are trying to get clarification through CCTV footage.
'Some people claim to have recognised him from Facebook pictures but none of these reported sightings have been confirmed,' said Supt Hogan.
Barry is described as 5'1 in height and of medium build, with grey hair. He was wearing dark jeans, black Puma runners and a light blue mac when he was last seen.
On the day he went missing he travelled from Wicklow town to Dublin for a party.
Speaking to the Herald last week, Barry's brother William, said 'whether its good or bad, we need too know. We need this to end.'
William shares a house with Barry and wasn't aware of any trouble his brother might be in.
'He rang a local girl here in the town before he left for Dublin and said he would be back the next day, but he never came home.'
The fact his brother hasn't contacted anyone for such a long length of time is seriously troubling William.
'Barry doesn't have any bank accounts we can check either, there's no credit cards or anything. He dealt in cash and lived day-to-day on his dole.
'He needs the dole to live and he didn't collect it on Monday (July 13). So that's when I thought something was definitely up. That's when the worry set in.'
It is the uncertainty over Barry's fate which is causing William the most distress.
'We don't know if we're coming or going. We have no clues but I fear something terrible has happened. I just feel in my waters that something is wrong.'
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Wicklow Garda Station on (0404) 60140 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.