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Kenny: Families of the Disappeared have suffered enough

The Taoiseach met with families of some of the Disappeared, and has called for information from the public about the victims’ whereabouts.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
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INFORMATION FROM THE public is essential in finding the Disappeared, the Taoiseach indicated today.

Enda Kenny TD made the call this evening for anyone with information to provide it in confidence, after he met with a group of family members of the Disappeared, who were victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Sympathy

This evening’s meeting is the latest in a series that he has held with the families of victims of the Troubles.

The families presented the Taoiseach with a copy of the recently-published book The Disappeared of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.

The Taoiseach also met with the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) and was updated on their work.

He said he was glad to have the opportunity to hear the stories of those families “whose loved ones were taken, killed and then hidden from them in such a callous and tragic way”.

Information from the public is absolutely essential to help to bring an end to their pain. I call on anyone with information about any of the cases of the Disappeared to make it available in strict confidence to the Victims’ Remains Commission. I also call on anyone who knows anyone else who may have relevant information to use their influence to encourage them to make it available to the Commission.

The Taoiseach described it as “a matter of common, human decency. These families have suffered enough and somebody out there can help to bring an end to that suffering”.

The relatives of the Disappeared have for decades endured their loss with dignity, never giving up hope for the return of the remains of their family members for a decent burial. I recognise the continuing hurt and disappointment of those families whose loved ones have yet to be recovered.

Information can be passed to the ICLVR at freephone 00 800 55585500 or at PO Box 10827, Dublin 2.

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