Friday 21 July 2017

IRA victims finally found - but heartache goes on

Joe Lynskey, left, was killed and buried by the IRA in 1972
Joe Lynskey, left, was killed and buried by the IRA in 1972
Members of the Lynskey family visit the spot where the human remains were found
Members of the Lynskey family visit the spot where the human remains were found

Tom Brady and Ed Carty

The remains of two of the 'IRA Disappeared' are believed to have been unearthed in a Meath bog during a search for the body of former monk Joe Lynskey.

However, the heartache is continuing for Mr Lynskey's family who visited the remote scene thinking that the wait to give him a proper burial was finally over after 43 years.

Instead, gardaí had to inform them that the bodies were likely to be those of Kevin McKee and Séamus Wright, who vanished in 1972.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has indicated that searches in the rural area are set to continue in the hope of finding more remains.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) said it was always the belief that there were three bodies in the area.

Mr Wright, from Belfast, was murdered by his former IRA colleagues who accused him of being a British Army agent and a member of the Military Reaction Force, an undercover unit. He was 25 years old when he went missing in October 1972.

Mr McKee, who was just 17 years old, faced similar accusations.

The first set of remains was found yesterday afternoon, leading the family of Mr Lynskey, who was abducted and murdered by the IRA in August 1972, to travel to the scene.

The second was discovered shortly before 9pm. It is understood they were unearthed as specialists cleared ground around the first body to prepare it for removal.

Irish Independent

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