A report into the death of a Donegal soldier and the disappearance of a colleague while on duty with the United Nations in Lebanon in 1981 is to be published. Retired High Court Judge, Mr. Roderick Murphy carried out a review of the investigation into the death of Private Hugh Doherty and the disappearance of Private Kevin Joyce in April 1981 while they were serving as members of the Irish Battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil).
The report has been presented to the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, who says he intends to publish it. The review of the investigation followed a campaign by family members and former colleagues of the soldiers who have believed the deaths were not adequately probed.
Michael Walker , who served with the two men and was in the area on the day, said the presentation of the report is a big step on the way to discovering what happened.