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'We deserve to know about our parents' - Siblings who were abandoned in tartan bags on both sides of Irish border say story is far from over

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Helen Ward and David McBride prepare to board a flight to Kerry in January

Helen Ward and David McBride prepare to board a flight to Kerry in January

Helen Ward and David McBride prepare to board a flight to Kerry in January

'There is a baby in the front seat of my car and I don't know who owns him," Claire Pullen told the operator.

It was a freezing cold night in January 1962, and Ms Pullen, the wife of a Belfast GP, had just discovered a baby boy, tucked inside a red tartan duffel bag. The following day, the story of the baby left in a driveway appeared on the front page of the 'Belfast Telegraph', but no one came forward to claim him.

Across the Border, six years later, Donal Boyle, a lorry driver from Macroom, Co Cork, was on his way to Belfast when he stopped in Dundalk to make a call. Inside a phonebox close to a local hospital, he found a red tartan duffel bag with a baby girl stowed safely inside. The little girl was wearing a handmade dress and the bottle placed next to her was still warm. Again, efforts to trace the baby's parents proved unsuccessful.