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Remains of murdered INLA victim Séamus Ruddy will arrive back to Ireland today

Ruddy was murdered and buried by the INLA in France in 1985.

Séamus Ruddy
Séamus Ruddy

THE FAMILY OF Séamus Ruddy, who was murdered by the INLA and buried in a French forest in 1985, has said they are relieved that his remains are coming home to Ireland today.

His remains were uncovered by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) on 6 May after four days of searching.

Ruddy’s sister, Anne Morgan, has been campaigning to find her brother since he disappeared over 30 years ago. She wanted to have his remains found and brought back to Newry to be buried with their mother and father in Monk’s Hill cemetery.

Speaking today she said: “We have waited over 30 years to get Séamus home and to lay him to rest.

“We never gave up hope despite some very dark times and now our prayers have been answered. It would not have happened if people who had information about where Seamus was buried had not come forward to the ICLVR and we thank them for that. We also want to thank the whole ICLVR team who found Séamus.”

Anne Morgan went on to appeal for information in relation to the three outstanding Disappeared cases: Joe Lynskey, Columba McVeigh and Robert Nairac.

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Ruddy will be brought back to Anne’s home in Newry to be waked on 15 June. The funeral will be held on 17 June at St Catherine’s Dominican Chapel, Dominic Street, Newry.

Read: Remains found in France confirmed to be Seamus Ruddy >

Read: ‘Our family cannot and will not rest’: Brother of murdered teenager in fresh appeal >

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