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No evidence found in dig for babies in back garden

By Conor Feehan

Published 06/06/2016

Gardai dug up the back garden of the Walkinstown house in the south-west of the Irish capital
Gardai dug up the back garden of the Walkinstown house in the south-west of the Irish capital

The month-long search of a Dublin back garden for the remains of two babies allegedly strangled and buried there in the 1960s and 1970s has concluded with nothing being found.

Gardai dug up the back garden of the Walkinstown house in the south-west of the city after a woman, now in her 50s, alleged that she was raped by her father and other men at the home when she was a child and teenager in the 1960s and early 1970s.

She told investigators that she gave birth to two babies, when she was aged 12 and 14, who were then killed by her mother and buried in the garden.

The current occupants of the house were not connected in any way to the investigation, and were relocated while the work was carried out.

But painstaking sifting through the soil, and analysis of sonar scans to detect previous disturbance to the ground, has yielded nothing.

"The search has been concluded and no evidence was found," a garda spokeswoman said.

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