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Fresh call for information about the remains of Robert Nairac

Captain Robert Nairac was abducted 45 years ago today
Connla Young

THE Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) has renewed an appeal for information that will help find the remains of British soldier Robert Nairac, who disappeared 45 years ago today.

Captain Nairac was abducted by the IRA on May 14 1977 and later killed.

He is one of four people belonging to the group known as The Disappeared whose remains have yet to be located.

The others are Joe Lynskey, Columba McVeigh and Seamus Maguire.

An undercover British soldier, Captain Nairac, was abducted from the Three Steps Inn in Drumintee, South Armagh, by republicans after his cover was blown. He was taken to Flurry Bridge, near Ravensdale Forest, in Co Louth where he was beaten and then shot dead. His body has never been returned and the whereabouts of his remains are unknown.

In a fresh appeal Geoff Knupfer, lead investigator with the ICLVR, referenced the pain felt by Mr Nairac's loved ones.

"As I have said before that while we are looking for the physical remains of Robert Nairac, he is not the focus of our work," he said.

"That is firmly fixed on ending the near half century of suffering of his two sisters Rosemonde and Gabrielle."

He said there continues to be a shortage of reliable information.

"Robert Nairac’s case is the only one of the original Disappeared ICLVR cases in which we have not carried out a physical search because we have not had enough credible information to go on," he said.

Mr Knupfer said any information that comes to the ICLVR is treated in the strictest confidence.

"It will not be shared with any arm of the state, UK or Irish. The record of the ICLVR since its inception in 1999 bears this out."

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