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18th Jan 2022

Taxi driver who dropped missing woman Bernadette Connolly off comes forward

Ellen Fitzpatrick

She has been missing for over 10 days.

The taxi driver who collected missing Dublin woman Bernadette Connolly on the day she was last seen has answered a Garda appeal and given new information on her disappearance.

Breaking the news that the taxi man has come forward, Bernadette’s daughter Jade has been actively giving updates about her mum who has been missing since January 7th.

Jade confirmed that the taxi driver had dropped her mum off at the Shoreline Hotel as she had previously thought but also revealed that she had plans to meet with “a friend”.

Jade wrote on Instagram: “Taxi man came forward – I’m grateful for that she asked him to drop her out there (hotel by the beach) and that she was meeting a friend.

“Someone on that beach had to of seen something/ maybe her walking down/ taking a photo/ paddling her feet. Please, please try and think of what you saw. It’s believed she brought a pink towel that day.”

Gardaí are now appealing for any road users who might have camera or dash cam footage of Bernadette and were in the Donabate area on Friday, January 7 around 11.30am to come forward to share the footage.

Jade confirmed that her mum took a picture of Malahide Bay from the end of Donabate Beach at 12.38pm, the latest her timeline goes to on the day Bernadette went missing.

The 45 year old is 5ft6, has long black hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen in a black hat with a bobble, a black and white animal print scarf and a black puffer coat.


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Bernadette’s family and Gardaí are both concerned for her wellbeing as Jade thanked those who have helped in the search for her “beautiful mother.”

She also thanked the Shoreline Hotel in Donabate who gave the CCTV footage of her mother on Donabate beach at 11.58am.

Jade then went on to ask for anyone who may have seen her mum over the last few days to come forward.

Speaking of her mum, Jade said: “My mam is the most amazing mother in the world. I know that’s biased but she’s the type of woman that she’s there for absolutely everybody and she is my rock.

“I’m her only daughter. I will not rest until I leave every part of Donabate, Portmarnock, Malahide, Rush, everywhere, Ireland… I need to find her.”

Anyone with information about Bernadette’s whereabouts is being asked to contact Swords Garda Station 01 666 4700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.