Missing man's son: Family 'overwhelmed' by support

The son of an elderly man missing from his home in Dublin for more than a week has said his family has been overwhelmed by the support they have received to date.

Eighty-one-year-old Thomas Kennedy has not been seen since he put the bins outside his home at Virginia Park in Finglas last Tuesday, July 29.

Hundreds of volunteers and members of the civil defence, gardaí and subaqua divers have carried out searches all over the city, but without progress so far.

Thomas' eldest son Vincent said he had no idea why or how his dad went missing.

"We know he has a bus pass with him, and his black rain jacket because they have not been found in the house," he said.

"His (bank) account has not been touched. He has no bank card. (He and my mother) have a joint account but he doesn't know the number. He has no money with him."

He paid tribute to the people of Finglas for all their help.

"The community in Finglas has been absolutely phenomenal," he said. "If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't even have known how to start the search or where to start looking.

"(We've had) perfect strangers coming up to my mam saying 'My car is at your service. If you think of anywhere we can go, we'll go now'. Where else are you going to get that, except Finglas?

"(My dad) is 81 years of age and this is totally out of character. Everyone, everyone I've met wants to help."

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