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IRA should relinquish Nairac body, says UUP

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie MC has called on Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill to use her position to help bring closure to the families of the remaining ‘Disappeared.’

Speaking on the 40th Anniversary of the disappearance of SAS Captain Robert Nairac, who was abducted from the Three Steps pub in Dromintee in May 1977, his murder later claimed by the IRA, Mr Beattie claims the soldier’s body continues to be hidden as a “macabre revenge”.

“I would again ask Michelle O’Neill to use her position as the leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland to appeal to former members of the Provisional IRA to demonstrate respect for the remains of Captain Nairac and his family by directing the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains to where they buried his body,” he said.

“Someone in the republican movement knows.  The IRA continue to hide his body in some sort of macabre revenge just because he was a British soldier. He was a son and brother whose life was cruelly ended at the age of 28. It’s time to bring this to an end.

“It would demonstrate respect for others if republicans could finally tell the truth about what they did and help bring some long overdue and much needed closure to the families of the Disappeared. Sinn Fein demand respect – it’s time that they and the wider republican movement demonstrated respect to others.

“I make no apology for repeating what I have said previously. The families have suffered for a very long time and simply want to be able to give their loved ones a Christian burial. It is the very least they deserve,” he added.