Coade hopes Disappeared loved ones find peace after remains find

Alliance Newry and Armagh Westminster candidate Jackie Coade has said she hopes the loved ones of Seamus Ruddy can find peace now, after remains were found in a search for his body in France.

Although formal identification is still to take place, it is believed the discovery by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains is of Mr Ruddy. The Newry man was murdered and buried near Rouen in 1985 by the INLA, and became one of the Disappeared.

“If these remains are indeed identified as Seamus Ruddy, then I hope it will bring some peace to his loved ones,” said Ms Coade.

“They will be able to give him a proper burial and mourn in order to bring them the closure they need.

“The issue of the Disappeared is one of the most shameful aspects of the Troubles. We must not forget several families continue to suffer without the knowledge of the whereabouts of their loved ones’ remains.

“I would encourage in the strongest terms anyone with information regarding the location of any of the bodies of the Disappeared to get in touch with the police or the Independent Commission.”

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