Independent Commission for the Victims‘ Remains

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims‘ Remains (ICLVR) Was Established by treaty entre les United Kingdom Government and the Government of Ireland , made it April 27, 1999 in connection with the affairs of Northern Ireland . [1]

A number of people, referred to colloquially as The Disappeared , have gone missing in Ireland and France over the last thirty-five years, mainly in the 1970s. It is believed that they were abducted and killed by organizations, mostly the Provisional Irish Republican Army . To date several of the bodies have not been located. The Commission was established to locate the remains of these people.

Powers and functions

Its functions include receiving information to the whereabouts of the remains of a victim of violence and disclosing such information for the purpose of providing information.

  • The Remit and Powers of the Commission are defined by the Northern Ireland (Location of Victims‘ Remains) Act 1999 [2] which came into force on 26 May 1999 and the Republic of Ireland ‚Remains) Act, 1999. [3]
  • A „victim of violence“ is defined as a person killed before 10 April 1998 (the time of the Belfast Agreement ) as a result of an unlawful act of violence committed On Behalf Of, or in connection with, a Proscribed organization. These organizations are those of the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996. [4]
  • Any evidence obtained (directly or indirectly) by the Commission is inadmissible in evidence in any criminal proceedings.
  • Any Remains Discovered by the work of the commission are not allowed to UNDERGO forensic testing apart the Purposes of an inquest to suit les the identity of a deceased person or how, When, and Where They died.
  • All information provided to the committee will be kept confidential and only where the information is available and where, according to the information, the victim’s remains may be found.
  • The commission has the power of entry enforceable by warrant to search anywhere in Northern Ireland.


The people named by the ICLVR have been killed and buried in undisclosed locations: [1] [5] [6] [7]

  • Seamus Wright (A member of the IRA accused of being a British Army officer ) (1972) (remains found summer 2015)
  • Kevin McKee (A member of the IRA accused of being a British Army agent ) (1972)
  • Jean McConville (Civilian accused of being a British spy) (1972) (corpse recovered August 2003)
  • Joseph Lynskey (A member of the IRA, accused of breaching IRA orders) (1972)
  • Peter Wilson (no reason given) (1973) (corpse restored November 2010)
  • Eamon Molloy (A member of the IRA accused of being a British Army agent) (1975) (corpse recovered 1999)
  • Columba McVeigh (Civilian accused of being a British spy) (1975)
  • Robert Nairac (British Army Officer and alleged member of the SAS) (1977)
  • Brendan McGraw (Civilian accused of being a British spy) (1978)
  • John McClory (Accused of stealing IRA weapons to use in robberies ) (1978) (corpse recovered June 1999)
  • Brian McKinney (Accused of stealing IRA weapons to use in robberies) (1978) (corpse recovered June 1999)
  • Danny McIlhone (Accused of stealing IRA weapons) (1978) (corpse recovered November 2008)
  • Gerard Evans (1979) (1979) (corpse recovered October 2010)
  • Charlie Armstrong (Civilian, IRA never officially admitted to him) (1981) (corpse recovered July 2010)
  • Eugene Simons / Simmons (New Year’s Day 1981) [6]
  • Seamus Ruddy (Ex-member of IRSP / INLA , killed over arms supplies, by INLA (1985) [8]

Remains recovered

As part of the peace process IRA passed the information of six serious bodies containing eight bodies to the Commission. Using this information the John McClory and Brian McKinney bodies were recovered on June 29, 1999 in County Monaghan . [9] The body of Eamon Molloy had been left in a graveyard in Dundalk the previous month. [10]

Jean McConville was discovered by accident on Shelling Hill near Carlingford in County Louth in August 2003. The IRA had previously said that Templeton beach, a short distance away, was the place of burial. [11]

The remains of Danny McIlhone Were Discovered near Ballynultagh in the Wicklow Mountains in November 2008 [12] and Formally APPROBATION using DNA analysis The Following month. [13] McIlhone’s remains in 1999 and 2000. [14]

In 2010 the remains of Peter Wilson, Gerry Evans and Charlie Armstrong were exhumed, [15] meaning that nine of the sixteen disappeared have now been recovered [16]


The current commissioners are Sir Kenneth Bloomfield , former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and former Northern Ireland Victim Commissioner, and Mr Frank Murray, Secretary to the Government Secretary and Chairman of the Irish Public Appointments Service, [17] who took over from John P. Wilson . [18] [19]

See also

  • Forced disappearance
  • Disappeared (Northern Ireland)


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Joint Statement by the British and Irish gouvernements Announcing the next steps on location of ‚The Disappeared‘, (3 August 2006) Cain Web Service
  2. Jump up^ Northern Ireland (Location of Victims‘ Remains) Act 1999HMSO 1999
  3. Jump up^ Victims‘ Criminal Justice Act, 1999Government of Ireland website
  4. Jump up^ Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996
  5. Jump up^ Profiles of the ‚disappeared’BBC News Online
  6. ^ Jump up to:b The Disappeared ICLVR website
  7. Jump up^ Who were the ‚Disappeared‘?
  8. Jump up^ Extract from Irish Echo Newspaper Article Friday, 14 November 2008 in Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved IPLO website 3 May 2014
  9. Jump up^ “ ‚ Disappeared‘ victim identified“ . BBC News . July 20, 1999 . Retrieved 4 December 2010 .
  10. Jump up^ „Body finds encourages searchers“ . BBC News . June 30, 1999 . Retrieved 4 December 2010 .
  11. Jump up^ Victim ’shot in head‘
  12. Jump up^ „Remains removed of presumed IRA victim“ . The Irish Times . 11 November 2008.
  13. Jump up^ „Remains confirmed as ‚disappeared‘ victim . The Irish Times . December 12, 2008.
  14. Jump up^ Hillside remains are IRA victim
  15. Jump up^ „Search for body of Peter Wilson in Antrim“ . RTÉ News . October 26, 2010.
  16. Jump up^ “ ‚ Disappeared‘ remains removed“ . The Irish Times . 11 November 2010.
  17. Jump up^ ICLVR website
  18. Jump up^ Appointment of Commissioner of the Independent Commission for the Victims‘ RemainsIrish Govt. Justice, Equality and Law Reform website
  19. Jump up^ New appointment to the Independent Commission for the Victims‘ Remains ArchivedJuly 25, 2011 at theWayback Machine. British Govt. NIO website