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Mum gives up hope of finding son's body

THE mother, of a young Tallaght man who vanished and is feared murdered, has spoken of the torment of facing 2010 not knowing where his body was dumped.

Paul Byrne (20) vanished after getting into a wine coloured Mitsubishi Charisma car outside his Kilmartin Green home on July 15, 2009.

His girlfriend Martina McQuillan is expecting their second child in February, news that she broke while intensive searches were ongoing for clues as to Paul's whereabouts shortly after his disappearance.

Now Paul's mother Ashley has said she holds out no hope of his remains ever being found.

"I don't think we will ever find him. Whoever did this to him never meant for him to be found," she told the Herald.

Ashley has endured her first Christmas without Paul, and now, with four other children ranging in age from eight to 19, is facing into a difficult new year.


"I had hopes to go shopping today, but I'm in bed. I just can't face it," Ashley explained.

"I didn't even cook a Christmas dinner this year. I went to my brother's house instead," she added.

Ashley said that Paul always got very excited about opening presents. She added that if Paul hadn't vanished she would have got him his favourite presents -- a Lacoste tracksuit and a video game.

"He loved his labels. He could spend €1,000 on clothes and labels," said Ashley.

Despite massive media coverage about Paul's disappearance there has been no breakthrough in the case.

A friend of the Byrne family has offered a €5,000 reward for any information that will lead to him being found.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 6666000, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111