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Sunday 25 August 2019

Human bones had been dumped in error by elderly GP

Greenstar in Fassaroe, Bray, where the bones were found. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Greenstar in Fassaroe, Bray, where the bones were found. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A bizarre mix-up by an elderly GP led to a massive garda alert after a human skull and other bones were found in a recycling centre.

The skull, along with a number of other skeletal remains, were discovered at the Greenstar plant in Bray, Co Wicklow, on Wednesday afternoon.

Gardai were alerted and later went to the site and removed the items for examination.

However, the situation quickly resolved itself when it emerged there was an innocent explanation for the discovery of the remains.

Unusual

The Herald can reveal that the bones had inadvertently been left at the facility by an elderly retiring doctor who had been clearing out his practice.

"This is a highly unusual case to say the least, but it is not a criminal matter at all," a senior source said last night.

"A highly respected GP who is retiring from his profession after many decades working as a doctor was doing a big clean-out of his premises.

"His father had been a GP before him and had certain historical items there which had been used as a teaching or instruction aid back in the day.

"This included the items which were found in the recycling centre - the skull and the bones.

"What seems to have happ-ened is that the GP placed these items in a box that was not due to be dumped at all, but somehow this box was included with rubbish that was disposed of by him."

The bones were found by a member of staff before gardai were informed and a major alert was put in place.

However, after an examination of the bones and a quick review of CCTV, gardai had established by Thursday morning that the remains were connected to the GP.

"The gentleman in question was observed driving into the facility on CCTV with a trailer and it was from this trailer that the human remains ended up in the recycling plant," the source said.

The plant is just off the N11 in Bray, and recyclable waste from across the country is dumped there.

On May 4, 2016, the remains of a baby girl were found at the Greenstar plant, but she has never been identified.

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