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Disappeared families to take part in 11th walk

Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Relatives of the Disappeared will lay a wreath today in memory of their lost loved ones.

The 11th staging of the annual silent walk in memory of people killed and secretly buried during the Troubles will take place at Stormont at noon.

Family members will walk from Carson's Statue to the steps of Parliament Buildings, where they will lay the black wreath with three white lilies representing those who have yet to be found - Joe Lynskey, Columba McVeigh and Robert Nairac.

Father Paul Turley from Clonard will lead prayers.

In May this year the remains of Seamus Ruddy, who was abducted by the INLA from Paris in 1985, murdered and secretly buried in a forest in Pont de l'Arche near Rouen in northern France, were found by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR).

Seamus' sister Anne will remove the white lily representing Seamus from the wreath before it is carried to the steps of Parliament Buildings.

She said: "The Silent Walk had been very important for the families of the Disappeared over the last 11 years."

Some relatives are travelling from England to join the other families. They include Deirdre Carnegie, whose brother Brendan Megraw was found in Oristown, Co Meath in 2014, and Linda Pywell, the sister of Brian McKinney. Their mother Margaret, in many ways the matriarch of the Families of the Disappeared, died in January.

Also travelling from Liverpool will be Dympna Kerr, the sister of Columba McVeigh.

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