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By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the beginning and loss of life of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. hence she confessed to the homicide, by way of stabbing, of one other child. all the clinical facts confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the costs have been dropped, persisted to insist that she had given start to twins conceived of 2 varied males.

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The diver had subsequently been lost, presumed drowned, off Beginish Island, which lies between Valentia and White Strand. Now, seven years later, his foot had washed ashore. It had taken all that time to travel a couple of hundred yards. The guards notified the man’s parents, who had long ago accepted his death. They left the disposal of the bones to the police. The guards, following established practice, gave the foot a Catholic burial in Cahirciveen cemetery. The limb is held to be an essential part of the whole, and, where the trunk of a body is missing, the limb serves as the symbolic remains.

The state moved instantly to obtain a court order, which demanded that the parents return to Ireland, with the pregnant child, or face charges and possible imprisonment if they procured an abortion for her outside the jurisdiction. Frightened, they brought their pregnant suicidal daughter home to face her doom. In face of absolute citizen outrage against internment of the child in Ireland, the Supreme Court convened and found that abortion could be allowed when the life of the mother is threatened by suicide.

The local police chief, Superintendent Donal Sullivan, began his investigation in the most conversational way, talking to people he met in Cahirciveen on the Sunday night of his return from Killarney, where the post-mortem had been held. He confirmed later, to a lawyer for the tribunal, that the purpose was ‘to get the rumour around and get the word on the streets’. That way there was a better chance of getting information, he said. He also circulated a questionnaire to each family, which the police collected when it was filled in.

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