Following the discovery at he weekend of human remains in France, thought to be Newry man Seamus Ruddy, Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that every effort must be made to end the suffering of the families of the Disappeared.

Commenting on the breakthrough the MP said  “I understand that human remains have been found in Pont-de-l’Arche in France during a search carried out by the Commission for the Location of Victims Remains.

Mickey Brady MP
Mickey Brady MP

“While it is too early to say I can only hope that they are those of Seamus Ruddy. Growing up together in Ballybot, Seamus is somebody who I would have called a friend and my thoughts are with his family at this time.

“The suffering of the families has gone on too long. They have a fundamental right to bury their loved ones and there is an onus on those responsible to help bring this about.

"Sinn Féin has consistently called for anyone with information that could lead to the retrieval of bodies in the outstanding cases to come forward to the Commission."

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