Tuesday, July 20, 1999 Published at 06:34 GMT 07:34 UK
'Disappeared' victim identified
The other search sites are now being filled in or made safe
The Gardai have confirmed that a body left in a cemetery in County Louth in May is one of the "disappeared" victims of the IRA.
ID procedures and forensic tests carried out on the body left in Faughert graveyard in Dundalk on 28 May have shown that it is Eamon Molloy.
Searches at five other sites identified by the IRA as the locations of the unmarked graves of other victims have now been suspended.
His body was recovered when IRA intermediaries passed information to the commission for the location of the victims remains.
They later passed on locations for several more victims missing since the 1970s, known as the "disappeared".
He said that he hoped the body would be released for a "normal Christian burial" very soon.
After visiting the Molloys on Monday he said that it had been a very difficult day, but that their thoughts were with the other families still waiting for news.
He said: "They have been waiting for this day but now that it has come there is the pain of the dawning realisation of the death of Eamon, in the presence of his mortal remains.
"It has been a very long period of waiting. Their thoughts throughout that period of time have been with the other familes who were not in the position that they were in."
Meanwhile, the families of other disappeared victims have appealed to the IRA to provide more information on the unmarked graves after the Gardai said digging at the five remaining locations would have to be suspended.
The family of Jean McConville have said they will try to continue the dig in County Louth, if possible.
He said: "There are no words left to describe what those families have gone through and are going through.
"Their hopes were built up and have come to nothing. They are in a worse position now than they ever were.
"We would hope and pray that someone will have compassion on these people in their terrible distress and will do something to try and find out precisely where the loved ones were buried."
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