Family push for new line of inquiry into Amy's disappearance
GOVERNMENT officials have agreed to meet the family of missing Dubliner Amy Fitzpatrick over their plea for Spanish police to consider a “new line of inquiry”.
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan yesterday agreed that officials from his department would meet with Christopher Fitzpatrick, Amy’s father, and her aunt Christine Kenny, to discuss the case.
The 15-year-old schoolgirl, who was originally from Coolock, north Dublin, vanished without a trace on New Year’s Day in 2008 while living with her mother Audrey, brother Dean and stepfather David Mahon in an apartment in Mijas Costa, near Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in Spain.
Despite an ongoing inquiry by Spanish police she has never been found.
Since then Mahon (45) was sentenced to seven years in prison last June after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of Dean Fitzpatrick following an altercation at the apartment Mahon shared with Amy’s mother in North Cross, Dublin in May, 2013.
The 23-year-old died from stab wounds.
Last night, Cork North City TD Mick Barry reiterated a call he made in the Dail yesterday urging the Department of Foreign Affairs to “prompt” Spanish authorities to re-open their investigation into the case, noting the Fitzpatrick family “believe there is a line of enquiry that police could pursue.”
“I think the Government should act by respectfully prompting Spanish authorities to re-open this,” he said.
Mr Barry said he was constrained for legal reasons from discussing the line of enquiry.
However, he said the Fitzpatrick family has never given up hope of finding out what happened to Amy and had endured an ordeal now spanning more than eight years.
Mr Flanagan told the Dail in response that a garda liaison officer is in ongoing contact with Spanish authorities.
He said his department can’t have any direct role in the investigation by Spanish police.
However, he said any new information on the case should be forwarded to gardai, who in turn can liaise with their Spanish counterparts on the case.
A spokesperson for the department confirmed that officials from Foreign Affairs would be willing to meet with the Fitzpatrick family.
However no meeting has yet been arranged.