Wicklow Mountain remains confirmed to be IRA victim
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.