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New probe as human arm found on popular beach

Gardai are investigating the latest discovery of human remains on a beach.

They confirmed that what is believed to be the remains of a right arm was discovered by gardai on patrol at Shankill beach in south Dublin around midday yesterday.

The remains were taken to the city morgue in Marino for forensic examination.

Gardai said it was too early to tell whether the limb was related to the discovery of a human leg that washed up on Dollymount Strand on Bull Island off Clontarf, north Dublin, on October 19.

A walker found the limb shortly before 9am and it is believed to belong to a woman. It was the second limb found on Dollymount Strand over the past two years, with a man's arm found on the beach in February 2011.

DNA tests confirmed the arm belonged to convicted rapist James Nolan (46) from Finglas in Dublin, who had not been seen since being released from Portlaoise prison the previous November.

Meanwhile, Dublin Coast Guard conducted a search of the beach from Killiney to Bray following yesterday's gruesome discovery.

However, the search failed to turn up any additional remains.

The discovery comes after officials in Waterford city formed a new group lobbying for government-funded DNA testing of human remains found at sea.

The Committee for the Forgotten staged a number of events in the city yesterday to highlight the plight of the families of fishermen and others who were lost at sea whose bodies have never been recovered.

Irish Independent