Monday 23 September 2019

Claims Nairic in forest

Robert Nairac
Robert Nairac

Margaret roddy

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains is to investigate a claim that the remains of British army captain Robert Nairac are buried in Ravensdale.

The whereabouts of the body of the British army intelligence officer who was abducted from The Three Steps pub in Dromintee, Co Armagh and shot dead by the Provisional IRA on May 15, 1977, remains a mystery.

Now Alan Barry, a former British army soldier and documentary maker, who has been trying to locate Captain Nairac's remains, believes he has located the spot where they are buried in the forest at Ravensdale, close to the Border.

He brought in dogs specially trained to locate human bodies and notified the gardai last Tuesday that the dogs had led their handler to a spot in the forest.

The cadaver dogs were trained and handled by Paul Murphy, who is based in Co Carlow and trains dogs for the Garda and the Irish Civil Defence, as well as US police forces.

Mr Barry had arranged for the dogs to be brought to the forest after a psychic Diane Lazarus had identified a location in the forest.

'The cadaver dogs confirmed the evidence when they led me to the same area again and I was then able to present the case to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR), who now have no choice but to investigate it,' he told The Irish Independent.

A long circulated rumour that the 28 year old captain's body had been processed through the former meat plant at Ravensdale was denied earlier this year at a hearing of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Capt Nairac, whose name has been linked with several atrocities during The Troubles, including the Dublin/Monaghan bombing and the massacre of the Miami Showband, is one of only three of an original list of 16 Disappeared whose remains yet to be located by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains since it was set up in 1999. His case is also the only one on which the Commission has received no information.

Following last week's developments the commission has confirmed receipt of the information from Mr Barrt and said it intends to send a forensic archaeologist to the site to conduct a preliminary investigation.

The Argus