Baby Alannah: Gardai reveal trauma experienced by recycling staff who found tragic tot

Gardai investigating the discovery of a newborn baby's body in a Bray recycling plant last year have spoken about the traumatic nature of the case.

And they also believe they know which part of the Dublin suburb the tragic tot's remains came from - although they are remaining tight-lipped about the location for operational reasons.

Speaking about a renewed appeal to find Baby Alannah's mother on the first anniversary of her discovery, Sergeant Sorcha Fitzpatrick of Bray Garda Station spoke of the distress experienced by those who found the remains.

She said: "It was a very traumatic incident for everyone involved, particularly the staff of the Green Star Waste facility where the remains were found.

"The staff there have actually erected a headstone on Baby Alannah's grave, just as a memorial to her."

Sergeant Fitzpatrick revealed that while some progress in the case had been made, Gardai were no closer to identifying Baby Alannah's mother, whose welfare they have been concerned about since the case began last year.

She said: "We've been able to narrow down the sources of where the rubbish in which the baby’s body was found came from, but we can’t reveal the actual area for operational reasons.

"But the main reason we’re launching our appeal is for welfare grounds. Our main concern was, and still is, for the welfare of the mother, particularly that at the time she received full medical attention.

"Even now, we want to check if she's okay and see whether there’s any other support services she needs."

Sergeant Fitzpatrick added that anyone with information should contact Bray Garda Station on 01 666 5300, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

She said: "I’d like to reassure anyone who does come forward with information that it will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence."

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