Primate of All-Ireland appeals for information to find Disappeared
The Primate of All-Ireland has appealed to those who may hold information about the Disappeared victims of the Troubles to come forward.
The Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, made his plea during the annual Mass for the Disappeared in St Patrick’s College, Armagh.
To date, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains, an independent body set up during the peace process, has recovered the remains of 12 people. However the remains of four others, who were kidnapped, killed and buried in secret by republicans during the ‘70s and ‘80s are yet to be found.
Last September 17-year-old Kevin McKee and 25-year-old Seamus Wright were discovered in a shallow grave in Coghalstown, Co Meath, during searches for Cistercian monk Joe Lynskey.
Mr Lynskey was abducted from West Belfast in 1972 and remains missing to this day, as do Columba McVeigh who disappeared from Dublin in 1975; SAS-trained Captain Robert Nairac who disappeared from South Armagh in 1977; and Seamus Ruddy who disappeared from Paris in 1985.
“The recovery and dignified laying to rest of Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright since our gathering last Holy Week encourages us to continue to pray and not lose hope,” said Archbishop Martin.
“Once more I appeal to the conscience of anyone who has information that might help find the others, to come forward to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains, so that, even at this late stage, the remaining families can experience the consolation of being able to offer a Christian burial to their loved ones. They come with the assurance that the information can only be used to recover the bodies of those disappeared.”
The archbishop’s appeal comes during the Jubilee Year of Mercy and he explained that helping to bury the dead is a corporal work of mercy for all concerned. “Funeral rites and traditional customs and rituals are a tremendous comfort to the bereaved, and even though they do not bring our loved ones back, they help us to move emotionally to another space; they are such an important part of the bereavement process which can take many months or years,” he said.
Archbishop Martin also pointed to The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which states, ‘The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy; it honours the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit’.Tags: Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, Disappeared, Eamon Martin, Ireland, Primate of All Ireland, Troubles