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Video: Dublin mountain body identified as James Kenny McDonagh

GARDAI today confirmed that the body found on the Dublin Mountains was that of James Kenny McDonagh.

The confirmation was made after dental records were checked.

Initial tests had indicated that the remains belong to a man, aged between 20 and 30.

The remains were found in a shallow grave beside an uprooted tree by two hill walkers in a wooded area of Sliabh na mBan Og, near the old Military Road, outside Tallaght in Dublin.

The find consisted of a skull with a full set of teeth and other bones.

Mr Kenny McDonagh, from Islandbridge Court, near Kilmainham, went missing on October 27 and his car, a Mazda 626, was found burnt out at Lock Road, Milltown, between Peamount hospital and the now derelict Polly Hops pub in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

Gardai think he fell foul of a criminal gang, led by a notorious figure operating in the west Dublin area. He was last seen in Bluebell, a few hours before the car was located.

One line of inquiry being pursued by detectives linked his disappearance to an incident involving the vicious criminal at the Memorial Park in Ballyfermot, the previous April.

It was not reported to gardai at the time.

Mr Kenny McDonagh was not closely linked to any crime groups. Gardai fear that he was abducted, shot dead and his body dumped.

After forensic anthropologist Dr Laureen Buckley had completed her examination of the grave, around 25 gardai from the divisional search team began looking for any other evidence that might help identify the remains.

The remains had been transferred to the City Morgue in Marino for examination by the state pathologist.

After Mr Kenny McDonagh disappeared, his distraught mother Jackie pleaded for help in locating his body.

"I need to get closure on this. I need to have a moment to bury him," she said.

"If anybody out there knows anything, I'm begging them, please, to help me to bring him home."

She said the missing man was never in a bad mood. "He would come in, laughing and joking and was ''everything you could want in a son".

The sprawling and scenic Dublin mountains have long been used by gangs to bury remains of victims and conceal their crimes.