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Cullinane hosts Oireachtas briefing for the Committee for the Forgotten

4 December, 2012 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane today hosted a briefing in Leinster House for the Committee for the Forgotten. The committee was formed following the discovery of a human skull and two separate thigh bones of the coast of Waterford and Wexford in 2010 and 2011 and the failure of the state to carry out full DNA testing of the body parts.

The meeting was chaired by Senator Cullinane and was addressed by ex Garda Diver Tosh Lavery, Spokesperson for the IFO Caitlin Ui hAodha and Jim Griffen of the Dunmore East Coast Guard. The meeting was attended by a cross section of Oireachtas members from all parties and none.

Speaking following the meeting Senator Cullinane said:

“I commend the Committee for the Forgotten for their important work in lobbying for full DNA testing of human remains, including but not exclusive to those found at sea, that these remains be returned to their families and the creation of a national database for recovered human remains.

“I also support the committee in their call for a link to be set up on the Garda Siochana missing persons web page where all relevant information regarding the unidentified be posted for viewing by the general public. We need to do all we can to support the families of missing persons and ensure all suitable and appropriate DNA testing is carried out on human remains found at sea and help to bring closure for the families affected.” ENDS

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