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Tuesday 21 November 2017

New sighting of missing Monica as pals plead for help

GARDAI searching for a missing public servant have discovered a sighting of her two hours later than previously reported.

The search for Monica Riordan intensified today as her work colleagues in Pobal took to the capital's streets in a desperate bid to gather information.

The 39-year-old office worker with long blonde hair appeared "disorientated and confused" when last seen on December 20 in Dublin centre.

She reportedly made a number of calls to gardai on her mobile phone up to around 3pm.

Investigators now say that she was seen walking along Macken Street towards the junction with Pearse Street at 5 pm. Her phone was found discarded on Grand Canal Street nearby.

A garda spokeman said: "She had walked along Macken Street from under the railway bridge toward the junction with Pearse Street.

"When seen Monica had the appearance of being disorientated and confused. That particular evening was wet and cold."

The missing woman, who was living in Navan, Co Meath, had been due to meet her partner on Parkgate Street at 6pm but never arrived. Gardai would welcome any information at Pearse Street station on 01 666 9000 or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Monica is described as being of average height, thin build and with shoulder length blonde hair. When last seen, she was wearing a long grey coat, dark jeans and grey or white trainers.

Colleagues of Monica Riordan who worked with her at the Pobal office in Holles Street, were back out on the streets of Dublin 2 today putting up posters and leafleting in an bid to find their missing friend.

They were concentrating on the Grand Canal Street area. Monica was seen on CCTV footage at around 3pm in a local Spar shop.

Workmates Katherine Byrne and Jacqueline McCormac are two of the Pobal workers organising the Find Monica Riordan publicity campaign.

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