Sunday 26 February 2017

Inquests to be held for two men abducted, murdered and secretly buried

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A photograph being carried by a mourner at the funeral of Seamus Wright, who along with Kevin McKee, was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA during the Troubles. Photo: PA
A photograph being carried by a mourner at the funeral of Seamus Wright, who along with Kevin McKee, was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA during the Troubles. Photo: PA

Inquests will be held later for two men abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA during the Troubles.

The bodies of Seamus Wright and Kevin McKee, two of the "Disappeared" victims of the conflict, were recovered from a shallow grave on reclaimed bogland in the Irish Republic last year.

The two IRA men both vanished in Belfast in October 1972.

The IRA shot them on the suspicion they were working as British agents.

The bodies of Mr McKee (17) and Mr Wright (25) were unearthed on a farm near Coghalstown, Co Meath, after laying undisturbed for about 40 years in a shallow grave - one body on top of the other.

When originally dug by terrorists, the grave is thought to have been about one metre deep in the middle of a bog measuring at least 60,000 square metres.

The remains were found by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR).

Experts from the ICLVR and relatives of the men are due to give evidence at the inquest hearings in Dublin Coroner's Court.

The commission, which was set up by the British and Irish governments in the wake of the Good Friday peace agreement, is tasked with investigating the cases of 16 people killed and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.

To date the remains of 12 people have been recovered.

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