Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD, has called on anyone with information about the remains of those killed and secretly buried by the IRA almost 30 years ago to bring that information forward.
Deputy Adams met recently with the Commission for the Location of Victims Remains.
Deputy Adams said:
“In recent years the remains of nine people have been recovered by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains, An Garda Siochána and the experts and staff who have been brought in to assist in this work. The remains of seven victims have still to be recovered.
It is vitally important that those charged with this difficult task have all the information possible to make their efforts a success.
“If there is any other information available which might help I am appealing again for those with it, to bring it forward now.
“I want to commend and support all the families who have suffered a grievous injustice and who have campaigned with dignity for many years to locate the remains of their loved ones.
“I also want to acknowledge once again the grave injustice inflicted upon these families and to express my deep regret about this. I want to thank everyone who has worked to help the families. They deserve our full support.
“As the forensic science investigative consultant Geoff Knupfer, who is working for the Independent Commission, acknowledged:
‘I think that probably in some cases... the people directly involved have died. If you’re reviewing events that took place 30 years ago, then memories do fade and locations change and that’s one of the things we have identified pretty rapidly – that the sites have changed dramatically’.
“Despite this, it is imperative that efforts continue to find the remains. The suffering of all of these families has gone on too long. They have a fundamental right to bury their loved ones and there is an onus on everyone to help bring this about.”