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'Just give me back my son's body so we can bury him'

THE MOTHER of a missing Dublin man has pleaded for information on the whereabouts of her son's body so she can give him a funeral.

James Kenny McDonagh (28) a van delivery man from Islandbridge Court flats, was last seen driving his wine-coloured Mazda 626 at Bluebell in Dublin on October 27.

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

"I just want my son home so I can bury him, somewhere we can go and visit him, and I am asking for anyone who knows where he is to please come forward, to tell somebody who can pass on the information," said his mother Jackie Kenny.

"As soon as I heard his car had been burned out, I knew this wasn't going to end in any good way. I knew then the chances were he'd been killed," she added.

"There are no clues at all, we have searched high and low. There is nothing to pinpoint anything," she said.

"Christmas was just a nightmare. We have told his 10-year-old daughter that James is missing, but that's as far as we can go. It's heartbreaking," she added. "We can only hope that somebody who hasn't come forward yet will do so to help us. It would take more than one man to take James. He was a bulky enough lad and wouldn't go easily," she added.

Jackie said she and her family had been "devastated" by claims he was involved in serious crime and that his disappearance was linked to the murders of Ballyfermot brothers Paul and Kenneth Corbally.





Notorious

It has also been reported that notorious criminal Mark Desmond was involved in James's disappearance.

But the Kenny family stress that James had never been arrested or questioned about any murders and gardai had not called to the Kenny home, prior to his disappearance.

"I can't think of anything specific that might have lead to this. Yes, James had his own troubles, but no family deserves this," Jackie said.

"If they were going to do that to him, why didn't they just leave him at the side of the road. The only ones being tortured are his family," she added.

"We can't go and visit him. I just want my son home," Jackie repeated.

Jackie said that James would be in daily contact with her and his own daughter, and that she grew suspicious when his phone calls stopped on Wednesday, October 27 last. The chief suspect in the disappearance and suspected murder of James is Ballyfermot man Mark Desmond.

He was also the chief suspect in the double murder of Darren Carey (20), and Patrick Murray, (19), whose bodies were found in the Grand Canal at Karneystown, Co Kildare, in January 2000. The case of James's disappearance is to feature on CrimeCall on RTE1 tonight at 10.15pm.

cfeehan@herald.ie