While you celebrate or observe St. Patrick’s Day, please be aware there are 99 reported missing children from Ireland listed at the ICMEC. There are two children of Irish Nationality listed at INTERPOL.
Amy Fitzpatrick went missing New Year’s Day.
She left her friend’s house at 10pm on New Year’s Day but failed to make it home, a 20-minute walk away.
An Amber Alert system is to be set-up for missing children following a recommendation from the Garda Inspectorate.
Kathleen O’Toole said that when a child goes missing in high-risk circumstances it is vital that the gardaí can immediately get the assistance of key networks in alerting the community.
She said that much could be done to establish the system without incurring additional cost.
The ISPCC has welcomed the move but added that we also need to ensure that other mechanisms that are operational across Europe are used here, including the introduction of the 116 000 telephone number.
The number has been in place for more than two years in a number of European countries but not in Ireland.