JUSTICE MINISTER’S APPEAL AS COLUMBA MCVEIGH SEARCH RESUMES IN BRAGAN

7 October 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD added her voice to the appeal for definitive information on the location of the remains of Columba McVeigh on Monday as the search resumed in the Bragan area of Co Monaghan for the body of the 19-year-old Donaghmore, Co Tyrone man murdered by the IRA in November 1975. An expert investigation team from the Independent Commission of Victims’ Remains commenced a search of approximately two acres of Bragan bogland near Emyvale which was expected to continue for a number of days. It is the sixth in a series of searches of Bragan which commenced in 1999 and have covered a total of 21 acres. Mr McVeigh was abducted, shot and secretly buried.

He was accused by the IRA of being an informer, but this allegation has always been strenuously denied by his family. “I’ll repeat what I said when we commenced the last search four years ago: we remain convinced that Columba was buried in Bragan Bog,” the Independent Commission’s chief forensic investigator Geoff Knupfer told reporters at the scene of the search on Monday. “The fact that we have not found his remains after a number of searches is deeply disappointing and frustrating especially for the McVeigh family. But in this work that is not in itself unusual I’m afraid. “Back in 2014 we found Brendan Megraw’s remains 15 years after the first search on Oristown Bog, Co Meath. We constantly review information and refine it. While we never discuss the information we are working from, suffice it to say we would not be searching unless we believed that there was a credible reason for doing so. But even though we are searching an area does that not mean that people should assume that we…

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