Seamus Ruddy inquest returns unlawful killing verdict

May 14, 2018

An inquest into the death of Newry man Seamus Ruddy has returned a verdict of unlawful killing. 

The 32 year old teacher was abducted in Paris in 1985 by the republican paramilitary group the INLA, before being murdered and then secretly buried.  His remains were recovered on May 6th last year in a forest at Pont-de-l’Arche outside Rouen in northern France.  Mr Ruddy was a former member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) – the political wing of the INLA. It is believed he was murdered amid a dispute about an arms dump.

The Dublin inquest, held a year after the discovery of the “Disappeared” victim’s remains, returned the verdict of “unlawful killing by a person or persons unknown,” closing another chapter for the Newry man’s family, who carried out a protracted campaign over three decades for information which would lead to the recovery of Mr Ruddy’s remains. 

A statement issued on behalf of the Ruddy family following the inquest verdict thanked the Dublin coroner “for the sensitive way the inquest has been carried out.”

“What has brought us here was the murder of our brother,” the statement continued.

“Seamus was taken from Paris 33 years ago to the day.

“This year for the first time in 33 years we were able to attend Cemetery Sunday and pray at the grave where Seamus rests.

“As a family we would like to record our heartfelt appreciation for those who have stood with us over so many years.”

Mr Ruddy’s remains were recovered by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR), an organisation created during the peace process to recover the bodies of those secretly buried by the IRA in the seventies and eighties.

Out of 16 so-called “Disappeared” victims, the remains of Columba McVeigh, Joe Lynskey and Robert Nairac have yet to be recovered.