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John Kierans

Family of missing Amy Fitzpatrick to protest outside Spanish Embassy in Dublin as they step up fight for justice

Angry relatives of missing Irish girl Amy Fitzpatrick are to start protesting outside the Spanish Embassy in Dublin in their fight for justice.

They are fed up that after 15 year the authorities in Madrid in their view have done little or nothing to find the child since she vanished on the Costa Del Sol on New Year's Day, 2008.

Her aunt Christine Kenny said: "We are a family in limbo. The Spanish have done little or nothing to help us.

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"We are demanding the case be upgraded from a missing person to a murder investigation and we have given the Spanish new information of where Amy's body could be buried, and they just ignore it.

"We plan to start protesting outside the Spanish embassy over the coming weeks until they agree to help us."

Only last week Christine and Amy's dad Christopher held a protest outside the Dail demanding that the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affair Micheal Martin also intervene in the case.

She wants him and the Department of Foreign Affairs to put diplomatic pressure on the Madrid Government and the Spanish police to properly investigate the case.

Christine added: "Christopher and Micheal Martin have a lot in common - they have both lost two children.

"Mr Martin more than anyone should understand the pain we are all going through. We believe Amy is dead, that something terrible happened to her. Her brother Dean is also dead.

"My brother is devastated, he just wants to find his little girl, bring her home and bury her."

The family was contacted by the Department of Foreign Affairs after the Dail protest and were told that the Government will continue to make representatives to the Spanish.

14/01/2024 - Christine Kenny aunt of missing Irish teen Amy Fitzpatrick delivering letters requesting the Irish government to intervene on the family's behalf as she has been missing for 15 years now. (Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos)

However they want Mr Martin to personally get involved.

Amy's case is also now being taken up by Sinn Fein and was raised in the Dail by their Justice spokesman Martin Kenny TD.

Christine Kenny said: "I met with Mary Lou McDonald and she promised that she and her party will do all that they can to help."

Martin Kenny said he will be contacting Mr Martin and hope to arrange a private meeting between the Tanaiste and Amy's dad and aunt.

He stated: "I had previously raised the case with our Dept of Justice and that response was unsatisfactory.

"Amy's father Christopher has never been officially notified of his daughter's disappearance and has had no contact from the Spanish police.

"For their part the Department of Foreign Affairs here has not been of any support to Christopher either. On a very basic human level that to me is completely unacceptable.

"I have raised the case in the Dail and requested a meeting with Micheal Martin so he can speak directly to Christine and her brother."

The Sinn Fein TD said the case must be upgraded to a murder probe.

He added: "New information has come to light about a possible burial site which has not been investigated by Spanish Police, despite the information being passed onto them when it was received a number of years ago.

"At the very least both the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Foreign Affairs have e a duty to engage with the Spanish authorities and see that this information is acted on without any further delay".

The information related to a tip off the 15 year old was buried in stables at the old racetrack outside Fuengirola which is only ten minutes from where she went missing.

Amy's mum Audrey recently stated that she doesn't believe she will ever see her daughter alive again.

She lives in County Leitrim with her husband Dave Mahon who served five years in jail for stabbing her son Dean, 23, to death in 2013 after a row.


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