Statement by the Minister for Justice on the appointment of Rosalie Flanagan to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains


13 January 2021


The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee T.D., has welcomed the appointment of Rosalie Flanagan to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains.


Minister McEntee said,


On behalf of the Irish Government, I would like to warmly welcome the appointment of Rosalie Flanagan to the position of Commissioner for the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains. Rosalie has a wealth of experience which will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to the work of the ICLVR.


“I look forward to working with Rosalie and her current co-commissioner, Tim Dalton in progressing the sensitive work of the Commission.


“The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains has helped many families and it has made an important contribution to the peace process. I fully support the vital but difficult work of the Commission.”


Rosalie Flanagan is former Permanent Secretary to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland and has extensive experience of working at the heart of devolved government in Northern Ireland, notably as Director of Executive Services in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister. Most recently she was a member of the independent panel that examined the extent of paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.


The current Irish nominated Commissioner is Tim Dalton, former Secretary General of the Department of Justice from 1993 to 2004. During that time he was a member of a small team of senior civil servants who, together with their British Government counterparts and in consultation with political parties, engaged in the background work that supported the search for peace in Northern Ireland in the period leading up to and following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.


Following his retirement from the Civil Service he undertook a variety of assignments in the public and private sectors, including as a member of the CPT (European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment) and a member of the Commission for Future of Policing in Ireland.




Note for Editors:


The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) was established by an Agreement between the Government of Ireland and the Government of the United Kingdom signed on 27 April 1999, and by legislation enacted in both jurisdictions. The ICLVR is responsible for facilitating the location of the remains of victims of paramilitary violence who were murdered and secretly buried arising from the conflict in Northern Ireland


The Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Office, provides financial support for the Commission. 


Information about the missing victims is fundamental to the ICLVR’s work.  The ICLVR needs further information to be able to progress its investigations into the remaining three disappeared victims - Joe Lynskey, Robert Nairac and Columba McVeigh.


The Commission has in place a confidential free-phone number and post office box address through which information can be passed to it. Any such information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be used for any purpose other than locating the remains of victims. 


The ICLVR can be contacted in confidence  by telephone: 00800-55585500  International: +353 1 602 8655. E-mail : By post to: ICLVR PO Box 10827