Disappeared relative in plea for new information

Joe Lynskey was murdered by the IRA in 1972
Joe Lynskey was murdered by the IRA in 1972

A niece of one of the IRA’s Disappeared has called for any information that might reveal his secret burial place after an unsuccessful search for his body.

Maria Lynskey, whose uncle Joe Lynskey – an IRA man – was dumped in a bog in the Irish Republic in 1972, revealed her bitter disappointment after a dig of eight months over 19 acres failed to find his remains.

Forensic archaeologists searched a site near Coghalstown in Co Meath where a shallow grave was found in September with the bodies of two other victims of the Provisional IRA, Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright.

Ms Lynskey said she was grateful for the hope that the lengthy excavation had given her but added that other people have information that might further the search.

“I believe that whoever gave the information that brought us all to Coghalstown acted in good faith,” she said.

“But Joe hasn’t been found and what we need now is more information.

“There is more than one person in that area who could help us find Joe and I would appeal to them to please tell us what you know.”