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18 children reported missing every day last year

Nearly 20,000 adults have been reported missing in the last decade, with 205 remaining untraced.

ELEVEN CHILDREN REMAIN untraced after being reported missing last year, but more than that were reported missing every day in 2012.

Figures released by the Minister for Justice to Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan show that on average, over 18 children were reported missing to gardaí daily last year.

In total, 6,661 children, of whom 6,135 were Irish, were classified as missing at one stage last year. As of 31 July, 11 remained untraced.

In 2012, 2,093 adults were reported missing and 21 remain unfound.

The figures which go back a decade show that nine out of the last ten years have seen a rise in the numbers of missing children. 2009 saw a drop of 115 reports.

In total, the last decade has seen over 50,000 reports of missing children, with 207 classed as still missing.

In the last 10 years, nearly 20,000 adults have been recorded missing, with 205 remaining missing.

The Minister for Justice says that gardaí review missing persons reports regularly and that the report remains open until such time that a person has been located.

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