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PSNI asked to investigate Fermanagh link to Mary Boyle mystery

Donegal schoolgirl Mary Boyle who disappeared without trace in March 1977
Connla Young

THE PSNI has been asked to investigate claims that someone living in Co Fermanagh may have knowledge of the disappearance and suspected murder of schoolgirl Mary Boyle almost 40 years ago.

The six-year-old vanished without trace from her grandparents’ home near Ballyshannon in Co Donegal in March 1977.

Her remains are believed by some to have been buried in bogland close to the border with Fermanagh.

It is understood the PSNI was recently asked to investigate claims that a person living in the north has information which could help catch the child’s killer.

The case has returned to public attention following a new internet documentary which includes claims that gardaí came under political pressure not to question relatives of a man regarded as a chief suspect.

Veteran Donegal Fianna Fail TD Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher yesterday said he was not the political figure at the centre of the claims.

“I am not the person if that answers the question and I wasn’t in politics at the time,” he said.

The suspect, who was known to Mary and her family, continues to live in Co Donegal and has never been arrested by gardaí.

As one of the longest running missing person cases in the Republic, the schoolgirl's disappearance continues to be shrouded in mystery almost 40 years on.

So far almost 50,000 people have watched the 82-minute film Mary Boyle: The Untold Story, which was posted on You Tube by investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty.

“Anyone who has shielded this man, be it a Garda or politician, they all need to be brought to justice at this stage but this is Ireland so it won’t happen,” she said.

The campaign has also been backed by former country music star Margo O’Donnell, who knew the schoolgirl.

Belfast-based solicitor Darragh Mackin, who represents Mary's twin sister Ann, said an inquest should now be held.

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