Gardaí to mount new search for body of Columba McVeigh

Gardaí in Co Monaghan are due to begin a fresh search today for the remains of Columba McVeigh, a suspected British army informer killed by the IRA in 1975.

Gardaí in Co Monaghan are due to begin a fresh search today for the remains of Columba McVeigh, a suspected British army informer killed by the IRA in 1975.

The search near Emyvale follows the receipt of new information about Mr McVeigh’s burial site from the IRA. Two previous searches were carried out in 1999 and 2000 after the IRA admitted killing the 17-year-old and burying his body in the area, but his remains were never found.

Gardaí said the new search would be concentrated in two specific locations and would take up to five days to complete.

Mr McVeigh was one of nine suspected informers killed by the IRA in the 1970s and buried in undisclosed locations. The victims eventually became known as the Disappeared.

Ten days ago, remains believed to be those of Jean McConville were found on a beach in Co Louth, around half a mile from where the IRA said it had buried her body in 1972. The remains were those of a woman who had been shot in the back of the head, but further tests are still needed to determine if they are those of Ms McConville, a 37-year-old mother-of-10 from the Lower Falls area of Belfast.

The bodies of five of the Disappeared have still not been found.

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