Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

James Nesbitt keeps close eye on Disappeared campaign

Actor James Nesbitt became involved with the families of the Disappeared through his role as patron of WAVE.

When he took up the patronship of the charity, he was struck by its work, particularly that of two facets, Youth and the Disappeared.

Firstly, he met with Margaret McKinney, whose son Brian McKinney disappeared in 1978, and Michael McConville, son of west Belfast woman Jean McConville.

Jean was abducted and killed by the IRA in 1972. The bodies of both have since been recovered — Brian McKinney in 1999 and Jean McConville in 2003.

Nesbitt has met with other families of the Disappeared and has fronted Press campaigns calling for more information to be made public about the whereabouts of those still missing.

So far, six bodies have been found and 10 are still missing.

Nesbitt said he decided to back the campaign not as a political issue, but as a humanitarian one.

“It is incumbent on all of us, particularly those that were involved, that we do not sweep under the carpet those that suffered the most,” he said.

A spokeswoman for WAVE said: “Jimmy’s role goes beyond what the public sees as patron of WAVE.

“He keeps a keen interest in the Disappeared campaign and likes to be kept up-to-date on all the cases of those involved.”

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