Monday, June 26, 2017

Finding one of the last "Disappeared" victims of the Troubles in a French forest


To the joy of his family, it meant he was finally given a burial by those who loved him whilst he lived and treasured his memory in death. In 1985, Ruddy, then aged 33, was working as a teacher in Paris when the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) abducted him and stashed his body in a forest at Pont-de-l'Arche near the city of Rouen. A gifted schoolboy growing up in Newry in Co. Down, he won a place at Trinity College, Dublin, to study mathematics. A republican, he joined the IRSP (an offshoot of the INLA itself a splinter IRA group) and was even arrested for gunrunning in 1979 - he was acquitted at his trial.

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