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Tributes paid to Margaret McKinney one of Families of the Disappeared founders

Tributes have been paid to one of the founders of the victims group Families of the Disappeared, Margaret McKinney, who has died at the age of 85.

Mrs McKinney's son Brian was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1978.

Brian's body along with that of John McClory, who was abducted with him, was recovered at Colgagh, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan on 30 June 1999.

Brian was among the first to be recovered by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains.

CEO of the WAVE trauma centre Sandra Peake called Mrs McKinney a 'truly remarkable woman who was instrumental in bringing the issue of the Disappeared from the silent fringes into the peace process itself’.

She said: “The first time we met she said ‘Love I don’t know what you can do for me‘ and to be honest I didn’t know either. But we worked to highlight Brian’s case and over time met others who became the Families of the Disappeared and started to work together with Mags ever present”

“Mags was never over awed by any occasion and as she told President Clinton about Brian he was moved to tears.

"He told her that he would do all that he could to get Brian back”.

She added: "She was an astonishing woman whose warmth, humour and spirit was inspirational”.

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