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Justice for Mary campaign has ‘nothing to do with family’ says missing girl’s mother

Ann Boyle and grandson Charley
Ann Boyle and grandson Charley

The mother of missing Mary Boyle has slammed the ‘Justice for Mary’ campaign march, which is scheduled to be held this weekend.

Donegal woman Anne Boyle lost her daughter in 1977 when little Mary walked across a field in Cashelard, near Ballyshannon, never to be seen again.

Anne told the Donegal Democrat that she didn’t support the ‘Justice for Mary campaign march organised by Ballyshannon woman Naomi Brady .

When asked by the paper to explain why Anne said:

“It has nothing to do with the people most affected – Mary’s family.”

Mary Boyle

The march for Mary Boyle will begin in Ballyshannon on the 16th of July at 2pm and will continue to the local garda station where a peaceful vigil will be held. 

Event organiser Naomii Brady said there has been "a massive response" since she created the Facebook event.

A recent documentary about the case, released last week, repeats claims by Mary’s twin Ann and singer Margo O’Donnell that a politician attempted to interfere with the initial investigation.

An excavation was conducted today on land near where six-year-old Mary disappeared on March 18 1977.

Gardai confirmed the dig was taking place in Co Donegal, understood to be on bogland near Cashelard, a few miles from Ballyshannon.

Mary disappeared while visiting her grandparents' home a few miles from the town 39 years ago.

Mary was from Belcruit, Kincasslagh, in the north of Donegal and went missing while on a St Patrick's Day visit to relatives with her parents Ann and Charlie and siblings.

Her body has never been found and her disappearance remains the longest running case of its kind in Ireland.

"I have great faith in the guards , they have always done their job, they never stopped looking for Mary,” said Anne Boyle when asked about the new case review. 

Repeated searches have taken place in bogland and fields around Cashelard over the years.

Mary had been playing outside when she followed her uncle across fields near her grandparents' house but was never seen after she turned to go back.