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Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. appoints retired High Court Judge, Mr. Roderick Murphy, to conduct an independent review of the investigation of the death of Private Hugh Doherty and the disappearance of Private Kevin Joyce (Caomhán Seoighe) in Lebanon incident in 1981

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., has appointed retired High Court Judge, Mr. Roderick Murphy, to conduct an independent review of the investigation of the death of Private Hugh Doherty and the disappearance of Private Kevin Joyce (Caomhán Seoighe), on 27 April 1981 while serving as members of the Irish Battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The review shall encompass both a review of all relevant documents and interviews with such persons as considered appropriate by the appointed person. Mr. Roderick Murphy will report back to the Minister with his findings before 30 April 2015.

Mr. Roderick Murphy served as a Judge of the High Court until his retirement in April 2013. A graduate of University College Dublin, and the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, he was called to the Bar in 1971 and became a Senior Counsel in 1991. In 1998, he acted as Chairman of the Oireachtas Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Swimming. He was a member of the International Court of Arbitration in Paris from 1997 to 2000. He was appointed as a judge to the High Court in 2000. Mr. Roderick Murphy was Judge in Residence at Dublin City University in 2013 and at University College Dublin in 2014. He is currently a member of the Extended Board of Appeal of the European Patent Court in Munich.

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Note to Editor:
Private Hugh Doherty and Private Kevin Joyce (Caomhán Seoighe), were serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1981. On 27 April 1981, an observation post at Dayr Ntar manned by Private Doherty and Private Joyce came under attack. Private Doherty was later found dead from gunshot wounds and Private Joyce was missing. The attackers are unknown. Over the years, extensive diplomatic and military efforts to locate Private Joyce have proved fruitless. To date, no information has been elicited to lead to the recovery of Private Joyce’s remains.

The UN completed a Board of Inquiry into the incident in November 1981. The Irish military authorities considered that the UN report was inadequate in certain respects and conducted a further investigation. This further investigation was conducted by the then Director of Operations, Col. V. Savino and reported in August 1982.



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