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Campaigning mother Margaret McKinney laid to rest beside 'Disappeared' son Brian

By Staff Reporter

A mother who campaigned tirelessly to find her son for more than two decades has been buried beside him.

Margaret McKinney's son Brian (22) was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA in 1978.

A Requiem Mass took place at St Matthias' Church in west Belfast on Saturday morning with burial afterwards at Milltown Cemetery.

She was laid to rest beside Brian and her late husband William.

During her life Mrs McKinney spoke out fearlessly throughout some of the worst years of the Troubles demanding answers from the IRA.

Through sheer determination she brought her case to the then US President Bill Clinton, who promised to do what he could to help her, as well as then Prime Minister John Major.

Brian's body was finally recovered in 1999 - among the first to be recovered by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains. However, his mother continued to offer support to the other families of the Disappeared for the rest of her life.

Mrs McKinney was described as a "tower of strength" by the commissioners, who paid tribute to "her humanity and her devotion to the cause of the families of the Disappeared".

She passed away last week at the age of 85 years.

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