Public asked to share secrets of IRA's "Disappeared" victims

Archbishop Eamon Martin has appealed for those with information to come forward

Public asked to share secrets of IRA's "Disappeared" victims

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The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has issued a fresh appeal to anyone carrying 'secrets' about where the IRA's 'Disappeared' victims are buried to come forward.

Speaking at a mass in Armagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin said there are trustworthy people in the church and in society who would be willing to "accept and sensitively share information" which might help to unlock the "uncertainty and grief of families".

Four people who were abducted and killed during the Troubles by republicans and were suspected of being British informers, have still not been found.

Archbishop Martin said there are people on all sides who carry secrets, which could help to set families free from the "agony of waiting and wondering why".

Truth-telling about the past 

He continued by saying "In some cases they pulled the trigger, planted the bomb, blindly followed orders or gave the command for death or punishment. 

"In other cases they willingly drove a car, kept watch, spread fear, collected money or information, sheltered combatants, colluded or covered up, destroyed evidence or intimidated witnesses. These were awful, terrible times."

In light of the Tuam findings, Archbishop Martin said "People have become more conscious recently of the urgency of developing appropriate mechanisms for truth-telling about the past, and the sharing of information that will ease the endless questioning, and calm the restless yearning for clarity that still imprisons so many families here."

He finished by saying "Today I appeal again to the conscience of anyone who can help with the cases of Joe Lynskey, Robert Nairac, Seamus Ruddy and Columba McVeigh to bring even the slightest clues to the Commissioners' attention so that the agonising wait of the remaining families can be shortened."