13 January 2021.

The appointment of Rosalie Flanagan as the UK Commissioner on the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) has been welcomed by Ireland’s Commissioner Tim Dalton.

The ICLVR was established by the British and Irish Governments in 1999 following the Good Friday Agreement to locate and recover the remains of the Disappeared who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried during the Troubles.

Ms Flanagan succeeds Sir Kenneth Bloomfield who served on the Commission from 1999 until his retirement.

Mr Dalton said: "I’m delighted that Rosalie has agreed to take up the role as the UK’s Commissioner on the ICLVR. She has had a distinguished career in public service and that experience will serve the ICLVR well. The ICLVR has had considerable success over the years and of the 16 Disappeared cases three now remain outstanding. I look forward to working with Rosalie to do everything we can to complete the task."

The lead investigator for the ICLVR, Geoff Knupfer also welcomed Rosalie Flanagan’s appointment. Mr Knupfer said: "Everyone associated with the ICLVR is motivated by the humanitarian imperative to return the remains of the Disappeared to their families for Christian burial. To achieve that the active support of the two Commissioners is vital. All of us working at an operational level and crucially the Families of the Disappeared will warmly welcome this appointment."

Anyone with information on the three remaining disappeared cases: Joe Lynskey, Columba McVeigh and Robert Nairac can contact the ICLVR in confidence by telephone:

00800-55585500: International: +353 1 602 8655

E-mail information to: [email protected]

By post to: ICLVR PO Box 10827