Friday 24 May 2019

Provo killers owe closure to families of 'Disappeared'

Masked IRA members
Masked IRA members


The Troubles have been over for almost a generation now but the legacy of those dark times in this country still lives on. For some, the pain has destroyed their families forever.

There are others, however, whose pain could be abated if they just got some closure on what happened to their loved ones. Families of two 'Disappeared' IRA victims who were found in the same shallow grave have used their inquests to plead for help finding the bodies of those who remain missing.

Teenage student Kevin McKee and married labourer Seamus Wright were abducted in Belfast on the same day in 1972. They were never seen alive again. Four decades later, their remains were found together in reclaimed bogland.

The pair were alleged members of the IRA but were murdered because the Provos suspected them of being British informers. A single gunshot to the left side of the head was the summary justice.

A jury at Dublin Coroner's Court found both had been unlawfully killed. But their families' thoughts were with the families who are still suffering after going through the same experience, as they urged those with information about the whereabouts of the remaining four Disappeared to give it to the cross-Border body established to find them.

The families of Joseph Lynskey, Robert Nairac, Seamus Ruddy and Columba McVeigh deserve to be able to bury their dead in a dignified manner. The Provo cowards who carried out the executions need to now do the right thing.

Irish Independent

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