A memorial service for missing Wexford woman Fiona Sinnott goes ahead in spite of the theft of the plaque that was to be unveiled in her honour.

An Garda Síochána are investigating the theft of a marble plaque which was to have been unveiled in memory of missing Wexford woman Fiona Sinnott to mark her 30th birthday. The plaque was mounted in a cemetery wall near the spot where the 19-year-old was last seen in February 1988.  

On the day of the unveiling ceremony, members of Fiona Sinnott's family discovered the plaque had been stolen. Fiona's brother Seamus Sinnott says the family are devastated by the theft.

But we won’t give up, her memory is going to be alive and it’s going to stay alive.

Superintendent John Hand says Gardaí have searched the area, carried out house-to-house enquiries and there has been a technical examination of the scene.

We are anxious to speak to anybody that might have information regarding this incident.

Hughes and Sons, the stonemasons who made the original plaque, were able to produce a replacement marble plaque at short notice, and the ceremony went ahead as planned.

Watched by Fiona’s mother Mary and family, a former Garda diver Thomas Lavery who was involved in the search for Fiona unveiled the plaque. It was blessed by local priest Father Brendan Nolan.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 September 2008. The reporter is Joe Mag Raollaigh.