Justice Minister Hosts Third Annual Missing Persons Day

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has hosted the third annual Missing Persons Day in Dublin.

The event at Farmleigh is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the numbers of people who go missing in Ireland each year.

According to Garda statistics, 9,179 people were reported missing in 2014, with 17 still unaccounted for.

During the event, Minister Fitzgerald praised the contribution made by voluntary organisations present and also spoke about the launch of a new modern DNA Database System.

Thanking families for speaking at the ceremony, Minister Fitzgerald said: "Today marks the third national Missing Persons Day in Ireland and I am delighted to see this ceremony firmly embedded in our national calendar.

"Your words are a source of inspiration, as we all deeply admire your ability to keep this very important conversation going. Because this conversation about our missing people must never stop.

"That is the driving force behind national Missing Persons Day."

Sir Kenneth Bloomfield from the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains also addressed those present.


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