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'Disappeared' IRA victim finally laid to rest

'Disappeared' IRA victim finally laid to rest
'Disappeared' IRA victim finally laid to rest
'Disappeared' IRA victim finally laid to rest
'Disappeared' IRA victim finally laid to rest
'Disappeared' IRA victim finally laid to rest
'Disappeared' IRA victim finally laid to rest

Relatives of an IRA murder victim whose body lay undiscovered for more than 40 years have finally been able to hold his funeral.

Seamus Wright, 25, was one of the "Disappeared" victims of Northern Ireland's bloody conflict.

He was snatched alongside teenager and fellow IRA member Kevin McKee in October 1972.

The IRA shot the pair on suspicion they were working as British agents and dumped their bodies in a single shallow grave on bog land in Coghalstown, Co Meath.

Father Brendan Callahan told mourners at St Agnes' Church in Andersonstown, West Belfast: "It has taken a long time for us to come to this point but we are here."

Forensic archaeologists recovered the remains in June during a dig to find former Cistercian monk Joe Lynskey, who was also killed and "Disappeared" by republican terrorists.

They were found just a few miles from where the body of Brendan Megraw was discovered last year following searches at Oristown, Co Meath.

Mourners heard that Mr Wright, who was married, was a "deeply committed" family man with a "strong religious dimension" to his life.

Fr Callahan said: "He died a young man - just 25 years of age - and the death of a young person seems to hit us harder."

The hunt for the Disappeared has been overseen by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR), an independent body set up in 1999 after the Good Friday peace agreement to liaise with former paramilitaries to find 16 victims clandestinely buried.

Among the bodies to have been recovered are those of mother of 10 Jean McConville, from West Belfast, and Crossmaglen pensioner Charles Armstrong.

Four others - Mr Lynskey, Columba McVeigh, Seamus Ruddy and Captain Robert Nairac - have yet to be found.

At a funeral service for Mr McKee in St Peter's Cathedral on Monday, mourners were told his family had endured 43 years of pain.

Father Michael Murtagh said it was important to have a Christian burial to publicly acknowledge the tragedy.