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When I (Aquinas Duffy) first started this
website in May 2000, except for the Garda
Siochana Website, there was no other Irish website offering people the facility
to post messages about relatives who are missing. The Garda Siochana now have
an excellent website with a section on missing persons. This website has been
setup to help find my cousin (Aengus
Shanahan), and also to provide the facility for other Irish people to place
their information there also. In addition to the web address www.missing.ws
it can also be accessed with addresses www.missing.ie, missingirishpeople.com
There was in Ireland, a National Missing Persons
Helpline which was run by the Victim Support Organisation for two and half years.
Our thanks to all who campaigned and made this possible. Sadly it ceased on
March 31st 2005 due to funding being withdrawn by the Dept of Justice. It is
good to report however that in April 2009, Missing in Ireland Support Services
(a new organsiation set up to support the families of the missing) succeeded
in re-establishing the National Missing Persons Helpline through grant aid and
charitable donations. The helpline number which is a local call from anywhere
in the Republic of Ireland is 1890-442 552. Their website, www.missingpersons.ie,
also carries appeals for people missing from or in Ireland and whose cases have
been reported to the Gardai.
In the event of a loved one being missing
in the U.K., there is the Missing People Organisation (formerly National Missing
Persons Helpline UK). They operate a service whereby those who are missing can
call them and they will pass on information to the family. They also have a
They are a charitable organization and depend on donations. Their phone number
from Ireland is 0044 -20-8392 4545 and the free phone number from Ireland is
00 800 7000 7001 or free phone from UK is 0500 700 700.
In 2002, following the campaigning for a state
aided helpline, we formed the missing persons association. To learn more about
its work see the Missing
Persons Association Page on this website.
Please spend some time reviewing the Missing
Persons Page and photos and perhaps you could be the person who will help
locate a missing person. There are a number of reasons why a person would go
missing, sometimes known only to him or her. One phone call from them would
be enough to put their families' minds at ease. Where a person has been abducted
and taken against their will, there are always people who have information which
can lead to the recovery of a body or to information leading the authorities
to the place of their captivity. Any information that you can give can help.
Please also link your site to this site at
WWW.MISSING.WS or WWW.MISSING.IE
and tell people about missing.ws. You can also download a banner
to use on your site. Other redirect domain names for the site are missingirishpeople.com
Please also print off the missing posters
on some of the pages and display them in your work place or home (it is an offense
in some areas to place a poster in a public place so do not break local litter
Remember also the anniversaries
It is important to note that any person over
18 years of age is entitled in law to go missing of their own free will. That
is the reason also why most missing persons' websites will not accept a submission
of a missing person's details unless the case has been reported to a law enforcement
agency (Police). Indeed, hard as it may be to imagine, some missing persons,
may not want to be found. But families who have a son or daughter missing just
want to know that their loved ones are ok. Knowing this alone would be a source
of great help.
Every year, there are nearly 8000 people
reported missing to the Gardai. The majority of these cases are resolved. For
the 100+ cases that are not resolved , their families must live with the uncertainty.
Where a person over 18 has made obvious plans to leave, are not suffering from
any mental or physical disability and are not in any apparent risk, then there
is no guarantee that their case will be accepted by the Gardai as a missing
A distinction was made up to Autumn 2003 between
"acceptable" and "unacceptable" cases. The terms "acceptable" and "unacceptable"
were used to distinguish betwen two categories of missing persons. The term
"acceptable" referred to a) persons under 18 years, b) aged persons, c) physically
or mentally disabled persons, or d) persons whose disappearance takes place
in circumstances which give rise to fears for the person's physical or moral
safety. After 2003, these classifications changed to Categories A, B, and C.
"Category A" (High Risk) covers
the reports which require immediate action on the assumption that the missing
person is at serious risk, such as child abduction or possible suicide threats."
"Category B" (Medium Risk) refers
to persons who may have disappeared of their own volition and are asumed not
to be at any immediate risk such as persons who have a reason to leave or have
left a note stating that they do not intend to return.
"Category C" (Low Risk) includes
reports where there is no apparant threat of danger to the missing person or
the public such as a person over 18 who has decided to start a new life.
The statistics from the Garda Annual Reports
(For the Garda Annual reports See Garda
Annual Report ).
The word "missing" in no way describes the
sense of helplessness, frustration, anger, and despair that goes through one's
mind. Always, there is the desire to know where is he or she now and what happened
to him or her. If one is a person of faith, then it is a real challenge to one's
faith. It makes one realise that we depend on each other and that's why we need
your help and ask you to keep your eyes open and on the look out for those who
are missing. If you are a person
who is missing, please do phone home or contact this webmaster.
It is enough to know that you are alive and your privacy will be respected.
page addressed to those who are missing").
If you have a loved one, who is missing from
or in Ireland and whose disappearance has been reported to the Gardai, PSNI,
or other Police Authority, and that you would like included on this website,
I ask that you send whatever information and photos (in .jpg format) that you
have to firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can use the send
report form (but PLEASE make sure that you give a valid email address).
Please also give details of the police agency that you have reported the case
to. Together we can highlight the plight of families who have someone missing
and involve the public in being on the alert. It is perhaps Ireland's greatest
secret, that there are so many who have disappeared and whose cases remain unresolved.
Contacts section of the website also has many messages from people looking
for lost Irish family contacts. You might be able to help there.
There is only one person (Aquinas Duffy) looking
after this website in a voluntary capacity, so please be patient as regards
See also some helpful
tips sent by the relative of a missing person and also a poem
and prayer for the Missing.
Thank you to all who have helped to promote this site and
thank you for taking the time to visit the website. See the Appreciation
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