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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Is shallow grave man my missing son James?

MUM: Agonising wait as body is identified

THE mother of a missing Dublin man says she is hoping to learn to today whether remains were found in a shallow grave in the Dublin Mountains were those of her son.

Father-of-one James Kenny McDonagh (28) vanished after his burned-out car was found in West Dublin in October 2010.

It is believed he was murdered and his body dumped in a shallow grave.

On Sunday two hillwalkers found skeletal remains in a shallow grave in a remote part of the Dublin Mountains above Tallaght, near where Kenny McDonagh's phone went dead the day he disappeared.

The gruesome find consisted of a skull with a full set of teeth and other bones.

The state pathologist and a forensic anthropologist will today be using Kenny McDonagh's dental records to try and determine the identity of the bones found.

Speaking to the Herald, his mother Jackie Kenny said she hopes the news today will bring her some peace of mind.

"I just want him back. I want to be able to give him a funeral and know where he is," she said.

"The guards have James' dental records and they will be comparing them today. I just hope that this works out for us because the not knowing is the worst part," she added.

The remains found are believed to be those of a male aged between 20 and 30, and are believed to have been in the ground for over a year.



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While there are a number of people missing and unaccounted for from the Leinster area, the evidence is leaning more towards the remains being those of Mr McDonagh.

Two members of his family visited the site near the Ballinascorney Road yesterday to light a candle, but declined to make any comment.

"We have been searching for so long, for more than a year, and I just want this to be my son, I want it to be news for me," said Ms Kenny.

Mr McDonagh, a van delivery man from Islandbridge Court flats, was last seen driving his wine-coloured Mazda 626 at Bluebell in Dublin on October 27, 2010

His car was found burning on waste ground near Peamount Hospital later that day, but there has been no sign of him since.

Gardai think Mr McDonagh fell foul of a criminal gang, led by a notorious figure operating in the west Dublin area.

One line of inquiry being examined by detectives links his disappearance to an incident involving the vicious criminal at the Memorial Park in Ballyfermot, the previous April.

It had not been reported to gardai at the time.

The searches of the forested area where the bones were found continued today.

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