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Review into deaths of soldiers

A retired high court judge has been appointed to conduct an independent review of the killings of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon more than 30 years ago.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has asked judge Roderick Murphy to re-examine the deaths of privates Hugh Doherty and Kevin Joyce.

Pte Doherty was killed and Pte Joyce went missing in the incident in April 1981, while serving as members of the Irish Battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) when an observation post they were manning in the village of Dayr Ntar was attacked.

Pte Doherty was later found dead from gunshot wounds and Pte Joyce was missing.

Their killers have never been caught.

Over the years, diplomatic and military efforts to locate Pte Joyce's remains have proved fruitless.

Investigations conducted into the killings at the time were criticised as inadequate.

Mr Coveney said the new probe would encompass both a review of all relevant documents and interviews with such persons as considered appropriate by the judge.

Mr Murphy, who retired last year, will report back to the minister with his findings before April 30 2015.

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