The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, hosts Ireland’s fourth annual Missing Persons’ Day ceremony at Farmleigh in Dublin today (Wednesday). Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton will also be in attendance.
Missing Persons Day complements the existing International Missing Children’s Day and has a number of objectives. It commemorates those who have gone missing and recognises the lasting trauma for their families and friends. It draws attention to open or unsolved missing persons cases and creates an opportunity to provide information on the support services which are available.
Along with the Tánaiste and Deputy Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin, speakers at this year’s ceremony will include family members of missing persons. The ceremony will be attended by families and friends of missing persons, as well as by organisations working in the community on their behalf.
The ceremony will conclude outdoors with the symbolic release of homing pigeons and the laying of remembrance roses.