The family of a young Waterford man missing from the Netherlands for almost a month has called on the Taoiseach to intervene.
20 year old John Power from Waterford city was last seen in Maastricht on the 9th of June.
He told a friend he was moving to Berlin but his family were unable to get any answers from Dutch police agencies.
John’s family travelled to Maastricht and were able to confirm within two hours, without any assistance from Dutch police, that John had left the City to travel to Germany.
They’re now concentrating their search in Germany with the help of an Irish police officer.
John’s father Michael says it’s extremely frustrating. “Our hearts are broke, it’s very difficult nobody wants to go through the experience of having to go and search for a loved one. You can’t describe the depth and degree of pain that we’re going through.”
He says they want a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Dutch Ambassador. “To help and raise the profile of this matter. If this happened in reverse, if God forbid it happened a Dutch national in Ireland, I would be ashamed if the Irish police authorities and the Irish government departments behaved in the fashion and the manner in which we’ve been treated.” He told WLR News that “it’s scandalous that we have to confirm for ourselves that our son left Maastricht. We’ve been banging the doors on this, because this is fundamental to where we focus our search”.