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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Sister of 'Disappeared' victim says her only wish is to bring him home

Appeal: Anne Morgan
Appeal: Anne Morgan

David Young

A sister of one of the remaining 'Disappeared' victims of the Troubles has pleaded with those who know where he is buried to end her family's plight.

Anne Morgan said her only wish was to find her brother, Séamus Ruddy, who disappeared in France 30 years ago.

Mr Ruddy is one of four people murdered and secretly buried by republican paramilitaries during the conflict whose remains have still not been recovered.

Ms Morgan joined other 'Disappeared' relatives at Stormont in Belfast for their annual wreath-laying ceremony.

"Finding his body and bringing him home for a Christian burial in Newry with our mother and father is our only wish," said Ms Morgan.

She urged anyone with information on the four outstanding cases to contact the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR).

"For over 10 years we have undertaken this silent walk at Stormont as a reminder to the politicians and to the local communities that our plight is ongoing," she said.

"We hold out hope that, with new information, we will finally be able to lay our loved ones to rest. We urge those who can help us to do so by contacting the ICLVR through their confidential phone line or postal address or by going to someone they trust so the commission can recover our loved ones."

As well as Mr Ruddy, Columba McVeigh, Cistercian monk Joe Lynskey and SAS-trained Captain Robert Nairac remain missing. In September of this year, two men - Kevin McKee and Séamus Wright - were found in a shallow grave near Coghalstown, Co Meath.

To date, the ICLVR has recovered the remains of 12 of the Disappeared. Among them was Brendan Megraw, whose remains were recovered last year.

Yesterday, his brother Kieran thanked the commission and the person who had come forward with information about where Brendan's body was buried.

Irish Independent

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