Door-to-door inquiries on Valentia Island in Kerry babies case

Gardaí have begun door-to-door inquiries on Valentia Island as part of a serious crime review into the investigation of the 1984 Kerry Babies case.

The body of a newborn baby, subsequently named John, was washed up on White Strand in Cahersiveen on 14 April 1984.

The baby had been stabbed several times and the mystery surrounding the baby's death has never been resolved.

The discovery of the baby's body, the subsequent discover of the body of a second baby on a farm near Abbeydorney in North Kerry and the charging of local woman Joanne Hayes gave rise what became known as the Kerry Babies case.

Joanne Hayes was charged with the murder of baby John, the Cahersiveen baby, in May 1984.

The charge of murder against her and charges of concealment of the birth againstfour other members of her family were subsequently dropped on the instruction of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In January of this year, the garda serious crime review team began a cold case review of the investigation.

Today's door-to-door inquires are part of the work of that cold case review team.

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