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No body found in search for first of IRA's Disappeared Joe Lynskey

Maria Lynskey, niece of Joe Lynskey
Maria Lynskey, niece of Joe Lynskey
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

A search in the Republic for the first of the so-called Disappeared has ended in disappointment.

The dig in a small wooded area at Oristown in Co Meath for the remains of Joe Lynskey is over, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) said yesterday.

Mr Lysnkey was a former Cistercian monk who later joined the IRA. He was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the Provos in 1972, but it was not until 2010 that it admitted to killing him.

His niece Maria Lynskey thanked the ICLVR for its work and echoed its call for more information.

She also paid tribute to one of the men who had tried to find Mr Lynskey's body, the late Frank Murray, a former head of the Irish Civil Service who worked for 11 years as co-director of the ICLVR.

"I know how dedicated the ICLVR are to this humanitarian work," said Ms Lynskey.

"No one would have been more disappointed today than Frank Murray, the Irish commissioner who tragically died recently, but also no one would have been more determined to see all the remaining Disappeared returned to their families. That's what we all want.

"As for me, all I can do is to hope and to pray. Hope that there is someone out there who knows something and pray that they will have it in their heart to help us to bring Joe home for the Christian burial that he has been denied for nearly 50 years."

During a previous search for Mr Lynskey at nearby Coghalstown in 2015 the remains of Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright were recovered.

The most recent search for Mr Lynskey's body started in mid-March.

Jon Hill, senior investigator with the ICLVR, said: "It's always deeply disappointing when a search is unsuccessful.

"The information we were working from was given in good faith and warranted further investigation. Unfortunately that has not produced the result that we all hoped for."

In addition to Joe Lynskey, the remains of Columba McVeigh and Robert Nairac have yet to be recovered.

Anyone with information on the Disappeared should contact the ICLVR on 00800 555 85500, by writing to ICLVR, PO Box 10827, Dublin 2, or via the website

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