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Madeleine McCann: The McGuckins, Middle-Class Drinks And

by | 6th, May 2008

mccann-drunks.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR: “Portugal booze parents’ court fear”

It’s Eamon and Antoinette McGuckin.

Bank manager Eamon, 35, passed out in the hotel reception while Antoinette, 36, vomited before falling unconscious.

A source close to the family said last night: “They are very ashamed. They want to go to court. They want to say to the judge that the children are safe with them.”


Vilamoura is 45 miles from Praia da Luz, where four-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing while her parents were out with friends a year ago.

DAILY MAIL: “Shamed: The middle class parents who got so drunk on holiday their three children were taken into care”

Middle-class drinkers. Who knew of such a thing?

Mr McGuckin used to be manager of the Magherafelt branch of the Ulster Bank, a spokesman said. He left 18 months ago and is understood to now work for a mortgage company. His wife is a full-time mother.

British parents:

The incident has caused outrage in Portugal, where the year-long investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has already raised questions over standards of British parenting.

BELFAST NEWSLETTER: “Couple ‘will face NI social services’”

THE parents of three children taken into care because they apparently got so drunk on holiday they both passed out are likely to face a grilling by social services when they get home from Portugal.With the parallels to the tragic Madeleine McCann case already drawn, the case comes after Portuguese police faced great criticism over their handling of the missing four-year-old English girl.

The parents were said to have been lucky it wasn’t a case of “one Maddie but three Maddies”.

THE INDEPENDENT: “Holiday parents to appear before judge”

Mrs McGuckin has said she drank only three beers and has requested details of hospital blood tests because she was “very surprised” at her reaction, the source said.

The source added: “They were tired, they woke up at around 4am (to travel to Portugal), then there was the flight.

“Then it was too hot – they are very red, they got a lot of sun. All this together could be the reason.”


The incident happened just 45 miles from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann went missing from her family’s holiday apartment while her parents dined nearby.

THE SUN: “’Quiz kid killer on Maddie’”

Relatives of five-year-old Mari Luz Cortes claim convicted paedophile Santiago del Valle has committed other crimes. Her grandfather Juan Cortes said: “The authorities should investigate him fully because that way they may be able to discover what happened to Madeleine. We are sure he is hiding other secrets from the police.”

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: “Man with a special Power”

It’s Joe Power.

If a medium is claiming knowledge of such a case, there is only one logical conclusion about Madeleine’s fate, I venture. But no, Power says his information does come from beyond the grave but ‘from relatives, from Madeleine’s family and people who work closely with me in the spirit world, spirit guides, that type of thing’.

He believes five people were connected with the disappearance of Madeleine. He says he passed his information on to police in Portugal early in the investigation.

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