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Adams extends sympathy to McIlhone family

19 December, 2008

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has welcomed today's news that the remains uncovered in Ballynultagh. Co. Wicklow are those of Danny McIlhone and that they will now be returned to the family for burial.

Mr. Adams has extended his sympathy to the family and he has again appealed for anyone with information on any of the outstanding cases to bring that information forward.

Mr. Adams said:

The return of the remains of Danny McIlhone to his family in this Christmas season is a result of the great resilience of the family and their refusal to give up.

I want to extend my sympathy and solidarity to Danny's brother and sisters and the wider McIlhone family circle.

It is right and proper that they will now have a burial service and some closure hopefully in the time ahead.

Sinn Féin will continue to support the other families and to work diligently on this important issue. It is imperative that efforts continue to find the remains of those still missing. This must be true also in those instances where the IRA was not involved. The disappearances of Seamus Ruddy, Charlie Armstrong, Gerard Evans and Lisa Dorrian are as much a source of trauma and grief for their families as is that endured by the other families. Let me repeat my call on anyone with any information to bring that information forward.

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