TRAGIC BABY ALANNAH IS TO BE LAID TO REST
Weeks-old baby girl found at Greenstar recycling plant
THE remains of an infant found in Bray will be buried in an ecumenical ceremony in the coming days.
Workers at Greenstar found the deceased baby while sorting recyclable materials at the Fassaroe plant last Wednesday morning.
Gardai closely involved with the case chose the name ‘Alannah’ for the baby girl. The name is Irish and means ‘darling child’.
Based on a post-mortem that was carried out last week, gardaí do not believe that the baby was deliberately harmed.
Superintendent Pat Ward has made a fresh appeal for the mother of the child to come forward.
He appealed to the mother or anyone connected to her who is aware of her identity to contact either the gardai in Bray at 01 6665300, the garda confidential line at 1800 6661111, or any Garda station.
BABY Alannah, whose remains were discovered in Bray last week, will be laid to rest in Greystones in the coming days.
Superintendent Pat Ward said that gardaí closely involved with the case had chosen a name for the baby girl.
The name is of celtic origin and means ‘darling child’.
Her body was found at a recycling plant at Greenstar in Fassaroe, Bray, last Wednesday morning at approximately 11 a.m.
Supt Ward said that he is ‘very concerned’ about the mother of the baby girl. The child was just weeks old at the time of her death.
‘Given the results of the post mortem examination, we are satisfied that mum needs help, both in terms of her own physical health and psychological health.’
He said that arrangements are being made for a burial ceremony for Baby Alannah and that they will be finalised this week.
He said that the gardaí connected with the case had themselves been deeply affected by the circumstances of the finding of the baby.
Supt Ward said that while the members of staff at Greenstar, as well as members of An Garda Siochana, were distressed by what had happened, they were all receiving the necessary supports in the wake of the tragedy and recovering from the traumatic experience.
While one person working at sorting recyclable waste at Greenstar made the initial discovery, a team of workers were present when he raised the alarm.
He had initially mistaken the child for a doll.
‘ There is no indication where the baby may have come from,’ said Supt Ward. ‘ That facility takes in waste from all over the country. Any appeal we are making is being made countrywide.’
He appealed to the mother or anyone connected to her who is aware of her identity to contact either the gardaí in Bray on (01) 6665300, the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.
‘ They may not necessarily wish to come to ourselves,’ he added.
A helpline for the child and family agency has been set up and can be reached on (076) 6958400.
The post mortem revealed that the child was not deliberately killed and that she was born some weeks earlier than was originally thought.
‘ There is nothing to suggest deliberate injuries were caused to the baby,’ said Supt Ward in a statement.
‘It is confirmed that the baby is female and caucasian.’
‘I am available here at Bray Garda Station to help the mum and dad of this baby girl and if they would contact me or Sergeant Sorcha Fitzpatrick here at Bray Garda Station we will deal with any contact with us discreetly and sensitively,’ he said. He also appealed for anyone connected to the mum and dad, like any friends or family members who may have information, however small, to get in touch.
An incident room has been established at Bray Garda Station and Gardaí are liaising with the Health Service Executive.
Members of the Garda Technical Bureau examining the pile of recycling where the remains were found.
The body is removed from the scene in a small, white coffin.