Around two hundred people marched from the General Post Office (GPO) in the Dublin city centre to Fianna Fáil headquarters in a march for Mary Boyle yesterday afternoon.
The march was organised to remind people of the case Ireland's longest missing child. Maryb Boylw was aged six when she went missing from her grandparent's home in Cashelard in 1977.
Her case has come to the fore in recent weeks due to heightened media attention.
Derek Byrne, who organised the march, said that he was satisfied with the number of people who attended the march.
He said: “Yeah, we were happy with the numbers. You have to take into account that many people had gone to the countryside due to it being a bank holiday Monday and that there was a game on. We certainly were not expecting thousands anyway.”
The crowd marched to Fianna Fáil headquarters where they painted the railings in purple and white and tied balloons and ribbons to them.
Mary Boyle was wearing purple and white ribbons on the day that she went missing.
Mr. Byrne added that there will be more demonstrations in the future.
“There will be more in the pipeline. This is only the beginning. There are so many people out there who have not been given the justice that they deserve and it's important to give those people a voice,” he said.
He said that he the reason he organised the march is because he's a parent.
“As a parent yourself, you will do everything to help. You have to think of Mary's twin, Anne Doherty, as well who has been trying everything to find justice and has had every door shut on her. Things have to change,” he said.