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A Deliveroo rider with a food delivery bag showing a picture of Gerard Taylor from Dundrum who disappeared from his home on 25 May 2019

A Deliveroo rider with a food delivery bag showing a picture of Gerard Taylor from Dundrum who disappeared from his home on 25 May 2019

A Deliveroo rider with a food delivery bag showing a picture of Gerard Taylor from Dundrum who disappeared from his home on 25 May 2019

AT least 100 Deliveroo riders will carry images of missing people as part of a new national Bring Them Home campaign. 

The initiative was rolled out today by the delivery service who have partnered with the National Missing Persons Helpline.

And for the month of December, Deliveroo riders will feature images of five missing people on their bags in an effort to raise awareness of their cases.

The campaign was launched today on the eighth annual National Missing Persons Day which aims to highlight the fact that there are 800 people in Ireland who remain missing.

Riders across both Dublin and Cork will display the images of the individuals along with the helpline to contact with information.

Paddy Quinlan, Growth Manager for Deliveroo Ireland, has said: "We were so impressed by the dedication, professionalism and care shown by the National Missing Persons Helpline to the families of missing loved ones in 2019 that we knew we had to continue supporting their life-changing work.

“We would like to thank all of our riders for helping out with this really important awareness-raising campaign and hope that we might be able to help in reuniting loved ones with each other this Christmas.”

The five cases chosen to feature on the bags are:

  • Gerard Taylor, last seen in Sandyford, Dublin;
  • Barry Coughlan, last seen Crosshaven, Cork;
  • Christophe Goutte, last seen in Carrigtwohill, Cork;
  • Colin Turner, last seen on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin;
  • Terry Byrne, last seen at his home in Dunboyne, Meath.

Dermot Browne of the National Missing Persons helpline said that raising public awareness is still the most effective means of reuniting missing people with their families.

He said: “This will be a Christmas like no other for everyone in Ireland, and it will be an especially challenging period for families still missing their loved ones. We are grateful that Deliveroo continues to support us in our effort to help reunite families with those they love.

Mr Brown added: "We urge everyone in Cork and Dublin to keep an eye out for passing Deliveroo riders.”

If anyone has any information on any of the appeals featured in the Bring Them Home campaign, they should contact the National Missing Persons Helpline on 1890 442 552, email the National Missing Persons Helpline at info@missingpersons.ie or call the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.

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