Columba McVeigh

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Columba McVeigh
Disappeared1 November 1975 (aged 17)
StatusMissing for 43 years, 7 months and 22 days

Columba McVeigh (1958 – 1 November 1975) was a youth from Northern Ireland who was abducted and murdered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). He was listed as one of the "Disappeared" by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains.


A seventeen-year-old from Donaghmore, County Tyrone, McVeigh disappeared in November 1975. The IRA allege he had confessed to being a British Army intelligence agent who had received orders to infiltrate the IRA's ranks,[1] however it has never indicated what specific act prompted McVeigh's murder.[2] A number of unsuccessful searches have been carried out for the location of his body since 1999, notably in 2003, 2011, and 2012.[2] In September 2018 forensic archaeologists started searching Braggan Bog, near Emyvale.[3]

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  1. ^ Rosie Cowan, "Adams 'at heart' of IRA's most shameful killing campaign", The Guardian, 30 September 2002.
  2. ^ a b Search for teenage IRA victim resumes at Co Monaghan bog, The Journal, Sep 18, 2012
  3. ^ Carroll, Rory (17 September 2018). "Columba McVeigh: fresh search for remains of IRA victim". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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