Human remains found during a search in northern France have been confirmed as those of Seamus Ruddy, one of the Disappeared.
They were uncovered on Saturday morning after a number of searches in France.
Mr Ruddy was working as a teacher in Paris in 1985.
The exact circumstances of his death remain unclear, but he was shot dead by republican paramilitaries, the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), and secretly buried in a shallow grave.
Mr Ruddy's sister, Anne Morgan, said it was "an enormous relief" to have the confirmation, which was made after French authorities completed DNA profiling on the remains.
She told the BBC's Evening Extra programme that her brother's remains would be taken to Dublin for further tests and then eventually to Newry for a Christian burial.
The development was confirmed by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR), which was set up during the peace process by the UK and Irish governments to recover the bodies of those murdered and secretly buried, mainly by the IRA, in the 1970s and 1980s.
The remains were found during a search of a forest at Pont-de-l'Arche after new information was passed to the ICLVR by former INLA members and the closely linked Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP).
IRSP sources claim Mr Ruddy went willingly with INLA members from Paris to the wooded area, where there was an arms dump.
Sources claim that INLA members returned to the spot the following day, removed the arms cache and buried Mr Ruddy where it had been.
Ms Morgan said that having waited so long for the news, life had changed for the family "inside a minute".
"My mother discovered through a newspaper article in 1995 that Seamus was dead," she said.
"She decided to put his name on her headstone, then within three months she had died.
'Final resting place'
"She just said 'I need this - I have to do this. If I put his name on the headstone, no-one will forget him.'
"She went to her grave not knowing where he was but she was more content that she knew his name was on the headstone and he would have a final resting place."
Ms Morgan said it was "more poignant" than ever to be able to get closure on her brother's death now that her family was older.
"In a sense we are all together again. At this time it becomes a very personal family journey, we are prepared for this and we are all together and we will be ok," she said.
"We just have to wait another little while but the 32 years were the longest years that we had to wait. The next few weeks, won't be as bad."
Mr Ruddy was one of four people out of 16 Disappeared whose bodies had not been found; the others are Columba McVeigh, Joe Lynskey and Army Capt Robert Nairac.
Source: BBC News
A search operation is due to begin in a forest in France for the body of one of Northern Ireland's Disappeared.
Seamus Ruddy, a teacher from Newry, Co Down, was abducted from Paris, murdered and secretly buried by republican paramilitary group the INLA in 1985.
His body, thought to have been buried in a forest in northern France, has never been found.
A fresh search for his remains will begin today in a forest at Pont-de-l'Arche outside Rouen, the commission set up to locate victims' remains has confirmed.
The Disappeared are those who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during Northern Ireland's Troubles.
Searches have been carried out by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR), which was set up to recover the bodies of those murdered and secretly buried, mainly by the IRA, in the 1970s and 1980s.
There have been three previous searches in the forest area for Mr Ruddy, the most recent by the ICLVR in 2008.
A team of searchers from the ICLVR travelled from Ireland to France over the weekend to prepare for the search.
Geoff Knupfer, the former police officer leading the hunt, said he was satisfied the information received by the ICLVR about the location of Mr Ruddy's remains is "as accurate as it can be given the passage of time".
Mr Knupfer also headed the team that found Disappeared victims Brendan Megraw in 2014 and Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright in 2015.
"I am convinced that there is a genuine desire on the part of those supplying the information to get this resolved by finding where Seamus is buried," said Mr Knupfer.
He added: "As in other cases fresh information that refines what we already know is crucial. Everyone we have found to date has been in the area where we were told that they were.
"It is always a question of narrowing that down to a precise location. I really hope that we can do this again and find him."
Mr Ruddy's sister Anne Morgan said: "Seamus disappeared almost exactly 32 years ago on 9 May 1985.
She said: "All we can do is what we have been doing over these long years since which is to pray that one day he'll be found. Hopefully that day will come as a result of this search.
"All we want is to bring Seamus home to Monk's Hill to be buried with our mother and father."
Despite extensive and painstaking searches, the bodies of four out of 16 people listed by the commission set up to locate victims' remains have never been found.
In addition to Seamus Ruddy, the remains of Columba McVeigh, Joe Lynskey and Robert Nairac have yet to be recovered.
The commission has asked anyone with information to contact them in complete confidence on 00800 555 85500, by writing to ICLVR, PO Box 10827, Dublin 2, or via iclvr.ie.
Source: RTE News
The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has made a new appeal to those with sensitive information about killings and other activities during the Troubles to find a way of helping families who suffered.
Archbishop Eamon Martin said trustworthy people in society and in the churches might be willing to receive such information in the absence of formal mechanisms being established.
Speaking at a mass in Armagh, Archbishop Martin said there are people on all sides, in Ireland, Britain and beyond, who carry secrets.
Some "pulled the trigger, planted the bomb, blindly followed orders or gave the command for death or punishment".
Others "willingly drove a car, kept watch, spread fear, collected money or information, sheltered combatants, colluded or covered up, destroyed evidence or intimidated witnesses", he said.
The Catholic primate referred to what he called "awful, terrible times" when shocking and horrific things happened.
He said: "There must be many people walking around today who know in their hearts that the information they have locked down inside them is capable of unlocking the uncertainty and grief in families."
He then referred to how sensitive information might be shared.
"Those who were involved must, of course, find their own peace with God and with society. For our part, we need to find a mechanism of truth and information retrieval which will allow more of these people to come forward so that many more families can be set free from the agony of waiting and wondering, 'why?'.
"Even in the absence of a formal mechanism, I am confident that there are trustworthy people in society and in the churches who would be willing, and could be empowered and enabled, to accept and sensitively share information in this regard."
He made his remarks at the annual Palm Sunday mass for the families of the Disappeared - the 17 people who were abducted, killed and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.
The remains of 13 of the victims have been recovered - mainly through information given by the IRA to the commission set up by the Irish and British governments to help the families of the deceased.
But four bodies have yet to be recovered: The remains of Belfast man Joe Lynskey, Co Tyrone born Columba McVeigh, British Army captain Robert Nairac who was abducted from a south Armagh pub and Seamus Ruddy who was killed by the INLA in France.
Archbishop Martin made a fresh appeal for help to bring closure to the four families whose loved ones were disappeared.
His remarks came on the eve of the resumption of negotiations at Stormont where, so far, parties have been unable to reach agreement on the formation of a new power-sharing administration.
One of the areas of disagreement in the talks is the structures and initiatives that are required to deal with legacy issues.
Source: RTE News