'I haven't given up hope of finding my girl alive', says missing Amy's dad
The heartbroken family of missing Dubliner Amy Fitzpatrick held a candlelight vigil outside Leinster House on her 25th birthday.
Amy, who was 15 at the time, disappeared on New Year's Day 2008 from the Spanish resort of Riviera del Sol, Mijas.
Dozens of friends and family members gathered in the city centre last night, holding candles and lanterns bearing Amy's photograph.
The schoolgirl had been living in Spain with her brother Dean, mother Audrey and stepfather Dave Mahon.
Her father, Christopher Fitzpatrick (51), from Artane, north Dublin, has never given up hope of police finding his beloved daughter.
He is not only still seeking answers into Amy's disappearance but is also grieving the violent death of his son Dean.
Mahon is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for Dean's manslaughter in May 2013. Dean (23) suffered a fatal stab wound to the stomach during a row with Mahon.
Speaking to the Herald, Christopher said Amy had great ambitions for her life.
"I'm sure she would have a boyfriend. She wanted to be a vet when she got older. She was crazy about pets and had a lot of pets in Ireland and in Spain," he said.
"I haven't given up hope. There's still always that chance that Amy is still alive somewhere.
"I go on the likes of the American cases, where people are still alive after 10, 12 years. Anything is possible."
Meanwhile, he and Amy's aunt, Christine Kenny, have appealed to the Government to persuade Spanish police to reopen their investigation into Amy's disappearance as they claim new evidence has come to light.
However, after returning to Spain to speak to authorities last year, nothing has changed, Ms Kenny said.
"They were supposed to be going further about it but I haven't heard anything. I haven't had any updates," she said.
"We need to get the truth out there and have people reinterviewed."