'We won't stop until we solve this case'

Sinead Kelleher

Nine gardaí are working full-time on the Kerry Babies cold case investigation into the murder of 'Baby John'.

12 months after the re-opening of the 34-year old cold case gardaí in Kerry are still very much focused on the case and will continue for long as necessary, Superintendent Flor Murphy confirmed this week.

In the past year Gardaí have interviewed "hundreds" of people and over 300 lines of enquiry, both new and old, are being followed.

Supt Murphy would not give specifics on how many DNA samples have been taken but said they are in "double digits".

"There is ongoing selective sampling," Superintendent Flor Murphy said. At the time of the relaunch of the investigation gardaí said DNA would be key to their investigation.

Superintendent Murphy said that "plenty of new lines of enquiry" have opened in the last 12 months and that these are being followed thoroughly.

This includes investigations in Valentia where questionnaires were distributed last September during an intensive trawl of the island.

"If a certain line of enquiry takes us a certain place that is where we will go," said Superintendent Murphy.

"Valentia inquiries are ongoing and there are follow-up inquiries. Gardaí are working on that and finalising that," he said.

Superintendent Murphy also confirmed that gardaí in Kerry are liaising with "international police forces" in relation to the ongoing investigation which has taken gardaí outside the county and the country.

The team working on the Kerry Babies includes at least six Kerry gardaí who are investigating the case full time along with members of the Serious Review Team who travel to Kerry on a regular basis to work on the ongoing investigation

This week Superintendent Murphy once again appealed for the mother of Baby John to come forward and contact them and for anyone with information on the case.

"There are people out there with information. I am convinced that there are people who can help us," he said.

"A five-day old baby was murdered and that is being pursued."

He said that the investigation will continue this year.

"We want to solve an unsolved murder. Significant resources have been deployed and this will continue."