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Dig in hope of an end to torment for Joe Lynskey's family

By David Young

In a muddy field in Meath, a mechanical digger scrapes at the wet earth in a bid to end Maria Lynskey's decades of torment.

She is the niece of former west Belfast monk Joe Lynskey, the first of the Disappeared - the 16 people kidnapped, murdered and secretly buried by terrorists during the Troubles.

The IRA only admitted his murder in 2010. Ms Lynskey (67) yesterday made an emotional journey to farmland in Coghalstown where he is thought to have been dumped.

"This is a very difficult journey to make," she said.

"The thought that he has been left here for over 40 years is almost unbearable.

"We need to bring him home to give him the Christian burial that he was denied all those years ago."

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