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Funeral for Disappeared victim

Mr McIlhone's remains being carried to the church
Mourners carry the remains of Danny McIlhone to St Teresa's Church

The family of Danny McIlhone, one of the so-called Disappeared, have gathered for his funeral in Belfast.

Mr McIlhone was 19 when he was abducted and murdered in 1981. The IRA admitted responsibility for his death in 1999.

His body was found in the Ballynultagh area of the Wicklow Mountains last month.

His seven surviving siblings, including his twin brother, John, were present at his funeral in St Teresa's Church in west Belfast.

Speaking at Requiem Mass, Father Darach MacGiolla Cathain said it was a day of mixed emotions.

"What is clear in these circumstances is that time doesn't heal.

"Truth heals, justice heals, righting a wrong heals. We are still in a society that is continuing to come to terms with its past.

"What happened to Danny is not in the past for the McIlhone family, it has been very much in the present."

Danny McIlhone will be buried beside his parents at Milltown cemetery.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains, which liaises with families of the Disappeared, organised the search.

There have been two unsuccessful searches - in 1999 and 2000 - for his remains.

In a statement nine years ago, the IRA said Mr McIlhone was not suspected of being an informer but was being questioned about stealing IRA weapons.

It was claimed that he was killed in a struggle with the person who was guarding him.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has appealed again for anyone with information to come forward.



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