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Bodies found in search for IRA Disappeared

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains work at the scene. Credit: PA

The remains of more than one body have been found in a search for three of the IRA Disappeared.

A dig on reclaimed bogland unearthed one body during a search for the remains of former monk Joe Lynskey in the Irish Republic.

More remains were discovered as further excavations took place on the farmland in Coghalstown, Co Meath. The bodies are yet to be identified.

Mr Lynskey was abducted and murdered by the IRA in August 1972.

Joe Lynskey was abducted and murdered by the IRA in August 1972. Credit: PA


Inquiry to quiz how paedophile priest dodged law for 40 years

Institutional failings which allowed notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth to abuse more than 140 children - some as young as eight - over a 40-year period will come under investigation today.

Brendan Smith, pictured leaving court in 1997 Credit: PA

Northern Ireland's long-running Historical Abuse Inquiry will question how he managed to get away with his crimes for so long, before finally being convicted of 100 child abuse charges in 1994.

Allegations were investigated by church officials in 1975, but for two decades he was simply moved between parishes and dioceses before finally being brought to justice.

He died in jail in 1997.

The inquiry is being heard at Banbridge Courthouse,Co Down. The module dedicated to the failings surrounding the allegations againts Smyth is expected to take a week.

Bomb found under police officer's car in Northern Ireland

The scene was cordoned off. Credit: Gary Middleton MLA/Twitter

A bomb has been found under the car of a serving police officer in Northern Ireland.

Police said the device was viable and capable of causing death or serious injury.

Homes were evacuated and the area in the village of Eglinton on the outskirts of Derry city was cordoned off.

Local district commander superintendent Mark McEwan condemned those responsible.

He said: "Clearly there are people out there in today's society who are still intent on causing murder and mayhem.

"These criminal elements are not welcome in our society and I am appealing to the local community for their assistance in driving this small minority from our streets and bringing them before the courts."

Anyone with information should contact detectives at Strand Road on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Post mortem ordered on elderly couple found dead

An elderly man and a woman have been found dead in a house in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, police have said.

It is thought that the pair had been dead for some time.

The bodies were found in the property in the Abbey area of the seaside town of Ballycastle. Post mortem examinations are to be carried out to find out how they died.

Readings for the carbon monoxide gas were taken but it is not known whether or not the lethal gas was detected.

Police Service of Northern Ireland inspector Pete Duncan said: "Enquiries are on-going to establish the cause of death at present and are at a very early stage."

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