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Saturday 10 December 2016

Audrey Fitzpatrick slams Irish embassy as Spanish town opens a memorial garden for missing Amy (15)

Audrey Fitzpatrick in Garden of Hope for her daughter Amy in La Cala de Mijas, Spain
Audrey Fitzpatrick in Garden of Hope for her daughter Amy in La Cala de Mijas, Spain
Audrey Fitzpatrick in Garden of Hope for her daughter Amy in La Cala de Mijas, Spain
Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon

This is the new Garden of Hope which has been opened in Spain in memory of missing Irish teen Amy Fitzpatrick.

The grove of olive trees is near to the school Amy attended before she went missing on New Year’s Day 2008.

It was officially opened in a ceremony attended by Amy’s mother Audrey and her husband Dave Mahon. Mr Mahon had to have his bail conditions changed to allow him to travel while he is awaiting trial for the murder of Amy’s brother Dean in May 2013 at Northern Cross on Dublin’s Malahide Road.

They arrived back in Dublin yesterday after two weeks of continuing the campaign for Amy, who was 15 when she vanished.

“The garden is in La Cala de Mijas, near to where Amy and Dean’s friends are and near Amy’s school,” Audrey told the Herald after arriving back in Dublin Airport.

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Amy Fitzpatrick

“There are five trees planted in a circle, each one with a name of a missing person on a plaque, and one of those names is Amy’s,” she added.

Beautiful

“We asked the mayor for this 18 months ago and now it has finally come true,” Dave Mahon said. “It looks over the town of Cala and there are benches there. It is a beautiful place.”

But the couple were critical of Irish authorities in Spain, claiming they would not send someone to represent them at the opening ceremony.

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 Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon

“The mayor had asked for a member of the Irish government and embassy to represent us and they said flatly – no,” Ms Fitzpatrick alleged.

“You’d nearly be embarrassed to be Irish,” said Mr Mahon.

Also while in Spain, the couple had their recent marriage blessed by a priest, something they say they could not do here in Ireland.

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