Wick­low Moun­tain re­mains con­firmed to be IRA vic­tim

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THE RE­MAINS un­earthed at the beginning of Novem­ber from a re­mote hill­side in the Wick­low Moun­tains have been con­firmed as those of Danny McIl­hone.

An on­go­ing search or­gan­ised by The In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion for the Lo­ca­tion of Vic­tims’ Re­mains (ICLVR) dug up part of a foot, a sock and a boot from a iso­lated spot at Bal­lynul­t­agh, near the vil­lage of Lacken.

Mr. McIl­hone is one of the ‘dis­ap­peared’ ab­ducted, mur­dered and buried se­cretly dur­ing the height of the trou­bles. His re­mains were sent over to Eng­land where a spe­cial DNA data­base con­tains the ge­netic codes of all the fam­i­lies of the ‘dis­ap­peared.’

On Fri­day the ICLVR re­vealed that the Dublin Coroner was able to pos­i­tively ID the re­mains.

In a state­ment a spokesper­son said, ‘our thoughts and pray­ers are with the McIl­hone fam­ily at this time and we hope that the con­fir­ma­tion that the re­mains of their brother have been re­cov­ered will bring them clo­sure.’

The McIl­hone fam­ily are cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with the Dublin Coroner about the re­turn of Danny’s re­mains for burial.

Mr. McIl­hone went miss­ing from Belfast aged 21. It wasn’t un­til 1999 that the IRA ac­knowl­edged that they had brought him in for ques­tion­ing over some miss­ing weapons. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the para­mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion at the time, he died af­ter be­com­ing em­broiled in a strug­gle with some of his cap­tors.

Gar­daí search for more re­mains at the site near Lacken in County Wick­low.

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