Why is this Missing woman, not being Investigated; Clonmel Gardai do not have a good Reputation, down the Years??

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FAMILY FEARS Sex fiend Walter Morrissey’s release leads to call for probe into mum’s disappearance

Bridget Madigan was last seen in her home town of Clonmel, Co Tipperary in February 2016.

Walter Morrissey (right) speaking with Eamon Dillon

Walter Morrissey (right) speaking with Eamon Dillon


November 18 2021 09:22 PM

THE release of sex offender Walter Morrissey last month has prompted calls for a new investigation into the disappearance of Bridget Madigan.

The 37-year-old mother-of-two went missing while Morrissey, whom she knew, was serving a 13-year sentence for a violent sexual assault.

She was last seen in her home town of Clonmel, Co Tipperary in February 2016, although it was several weeks before she was reported as missing to the gardai.

Killer Morrissey previously tried to use Bridget’s disappearance to cast doubt on his guilt when he spoke to the  last month.

A former mayor of Clonmel and local councillor Catherine Carey described as “dreadful” that Bridget’s case has received very little attention over the years.

Bridget Madigan

Bridget Madigan

She made her comments after a number of people contacted the Sunday  following our story of Morrissey’s release from prison and his twisted claim that he had been framed.                       

“I honestly believe in my heart that Bridget is dead. There isn’t anything being done on it all, that’s yesterday’s news now and nobody cares,” said Catherine.

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“Had she been a pillar of society and had millions of pounds behind her and all of the rest of it, then there would have been a big deal.”

Catherine became involved in trying to highlight the case while serving as a local public representative.

“A couple of people had contacted me about Bridget’s disappearance, because I was a councillor at the time, I felt I had to highlight it. She’s a woman from Clonmel as I am, and it needed to be put out here.”

At one point Catherine organised and took part in a search in the mountains after being told Bridget had been seen there.

Catherine said people were coming forward with information to her, but not to the gardai, including someone who claims to have seen Bridget arguing with a couple in Ballymack.

“I went to the guards and gave a statement and gave all the information that was passed on to me,” she says.

Cllr Catherine Carey in Nire Valley outside Clonmel where suspicious activity was seen around time Bridget Madigan was reported missing

Cllr Catherine Carey in Nire Valley outside Clonmel where suspicious activity was seen around time Bridget Madigan was reported missing

Two years after Bridget’s disappearance a candle-lit vigil outside Clonmel garda station was held in a bid to draw attention to the case.

“She was already gone for three months before it was even mentioned she hadn’t picked up her money from the post office, that she hadn’t been around.

“It is just shocking, a woman from Clonmel, a mother, is missing and nothing is being done.”

“When I hear stories of Jo Jo Dollard, God love that woman and her poor family… but nothing about Bridget.”

“This poor girl just fell on hard times, disappeared and no-one’s bothered to try and find out what happened to her, I feel.”

Twisted killer Morrissey has tried to use Bridget’s disappearance to cast doubt on his guilt, both in a letter writing campaign while in prison and when he spoke to the Sunday World last month.

Lorraine White and Walter Morrissey

Lorraine White and Walter Morrissey

Morrissey was convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting a woman which left her with injuries a doctor compared to being raped with a machete.

The 78-year-old maintains his innocence despite his previous conviction for a similar offence in the UK, and another for manslaughter after he deliberately ran over a man and his young child in the 1970s.

His then partner Lorraine White died from injuries caused by a copper pipe being inserted inside her in 2008.

Morrissey was arrested but never charged with any offence after Lorraine had told medics treating her it had been an accident while washing herself.

Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison in a taxi

Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison in a taxi

Bridget and her sister Tara, who died of a drugs overdose, and a third woman who also died of a drugs overdose all gave witness statements to gardai in the 2013 case against Morrissey.

Despite his conviction and losing his appeal against both his sentence and conviction, Morrissey still tries to claim he is innocent of the sex attack that put him behind bars.

“Oh Lord, you wouldn’t see it on television, it was so good. What they did was, they found I had a lovely home and a lot of stuff in it, thousands of pounds worth of stuff in it,” he said after being released from prison.

“To get me out of the way they just went and made a statement to the guards that I assaulted her. Now here I am. Of course, they shifted me out then.”

Bridget was described as being 5ft 4 in height, medium build with long fair to brown coloured hair.

When last seen she was wearing black knee-high boots with gold around the heel and sole, a black padded long jacket and black leggings.

The last two confirmed sightings of Bridget were on February 8, 2016 in Western Road, Clonmel and on O’Connell Street, Clonmel.

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