Shock and concern at discovery of 13 week old foetus

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

Local residents expressed concern yesterday for the welfare of the mother of a 13-week-old human foetus whose remains were discovered near Dunkineely.

Local residents expressed concern yesterday for the welfare of the mother of a 13-week-old human foetus whose remains were discovered near Dunkineely.

“This really is a very tragic situation. It is very sad and all the neighbours around here are very upset,” said the owner of a house close to where the foetus was discovered.

“What adds to the tragedy is that there is somebody out there suffering and someone who needs help to get through this,” the homeowner said. “This person must realise that there is help available and I would urge her to come forward.”

Gardaí have confirmed that they are investigating the discovery of the remains of a human foetus outside a property at Brenter, Dunkineely, saying that the remains were found at about 5.15pm on Tuesday evening.

The spokesperson continued: “The foetus was removed to Letterkenny General, where it was confirmed the remains were 13 weeks approximately.

“It is unclear how the foetus came to be there.”

The homeowner was still shocked yesterday when telling the Donegal Democrat, “I just came across the foetus at the front of the cottage - it was unreal, it was just lying there in the gravel.

“I didn’t know what it was at first, I just wasn’t sure, it was doll-like. I then realised that it was a human foetus and called the gardaí.

A local resident who lives quite close added, “Everybody is sympathetic to this person’s plight and nobody is being judgemental. This could have been a natural but premature birth where a young girl possibly panicked.

“All we are concerned about is the mother of the child and her well-being, and we would urge her to come forward - there is no shortage of help and support here and we would ask her to contact any of us down here in Brenter - all we want to do is help,” said the local resident.

Gardai are also concerned for the welfare of the mother in case she is need of medical attention.

They are asking anyone with information to contact gardai at Ballyshannon on 071 985 8530, where they will be treated with confidentiality.