Remains of two Irish people missing since 1990s finally identified through new DNA testing
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Remains of two Irish people missing since 1990s finally identified through new DNA testing

A NEW method of DNA testing has at last brought some closure to the families of two long-term missing Irish people.

Margaret Glennon, 59, disappeared from her home in Baldoyle, Co. Dublin in May 1995.

Remains belonging to a female were discovered near Swords in November 2014, but they have only now been identified as those of Ms Glennon thanks to a new process of extracting DNA profiles.

The disappearance of James Gallagher, 18, from Cabra in February 1999 has also been solved thanks to the new technology.

Human remains found in Dublin in 2002 are those of the teenager, it was confirmed on Thursday.

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It comes just a week after bone fragments found in the River Shannon, Co. Clare in 2001 were confirmed as belonging to 20-year-old Gussie Shanahan, who went missing from Limerick the previous year.

The family of all three have been informed of the successful identifications of their loved-ones.

The developments follow recent work by Forensic Science Ireland to extract DNA from human remains that have gone unidentified for years, and in many cases decades.