The BBC NI News website has a short report summarising the Spotlight investigation into the murder of Captain Robert Nairac – the location of his remains is currently one of those subject to an investigation by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains. The programme ended with a somewhat tenuous analogy between the ‘disappearance’ of Robert Nairac and one of those who went on-the-run in the aftermath, Terry McCormick, now living in the US. What the summary report doesn’t say is that another of those on-the-run in connection to the murder, and filmed, has been living here for the last 3 years.Neither does it report the attempt to ask one of the then-leaders of the Provisional IRA in the area what he knew – he suggested asking “Adams or McGuinness”.
Nor does it mention the subsequent attempts to ask the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, questions about whether he knew of the whereabouts of Nairac’s remains – the first, door-stepping him in Stormont brought a suggestion that they request an interview.. which when requested in writing was refused, with a “no personal knowledge” statement.
The Spotlight programme should, eventually, be available here over the next few days[week?].
And after all, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams has claimed he wants “to make 2007 the year this matter is finally resolved for these families.”
We may hear more as the announcement about that, potentially, half-truth process nears.