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Gardaí to release photo of unidentified teenage girl found at GPO

The move is unusual, but the investigation into who the girl is and where she comes from has reached a dead end.

The GPO in Dublin
The GPO in Dublin
Image: Eleanor Keegan/Photocall Ireland

GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE case of an unidentified teenage girl found on Dublin’s O’Connell Street are to release a photograph of the teenager today.

The move – which is believed to have faced opposition from the HSE – is unusual; minors would not usually be identified in such a case for child protection reasons.  However despite an intensive investigation, the girl’s identity is still not known.

The girl was in a distressed state when she was found by a member of the public outside the GPO in Dublin city centre almost one month ago.  She was placed in the care of the Health Service Executive and a legal guardian was appointed by a court as the investigation into who she is and where she comes from began.

Gardaí have been investigating whether the girl, who is believed to speak little English, was trafficked into the country.

Gardaí will issue the photograph and appeal for information about her at 11 o’clock this morning at Garda Headquarters.

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