Gardaí have said that based on medical opinion a newborn baby girl found alone in Co Dublin yesterday afternoon may have been born 24-36 hours prior to her discovery.

They say the baby, who was discovered in a bag at a gateway on the Steelstown Road near the Dublin-Kildare border, is said to be in a stable condition in the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

She was discovered at 3.30pm yesterday by a passing motorist who by chance stopped at the gateway.

He spotted movement when he got out of his car. 

The weather in the area was very wet at the time.  

Gardaí say they are very concerned for the welfare of her mother and today renewed their appeal for her to contact them and seek medical assistance. 

They say they will deal with the matter with the utmost sensitivity  and care and are anxious to reunite mother and child.   

Gardaí have also appealed for anyone with information about the baby or her mother or who was in the Steelstown Road area  yesterday afternoon to contact them in Clondalkin Garda station on 01-6667600 or  the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.