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Wednesday 1 October 2014

'Disappeared' spotlight back on Adams

Published 04/11/2013 | 02:00

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GERRY Adams's alleged role in the murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville will again come under the spotlight through a keenly anticipated documentary on the Disappeared tonight.

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The programme will broadcast, for the first time, the voice of a former IRA boss claiming the Sinn Fein president ordered the widow's murder.

Ahead of the broadcast, Fianna Fail last night intensified the pressure on Mr Adams.

"For a long time we have called on Sinn Fein and its leader Gerry Adams to be honest about the past and to account for their activities. We look forward to seeing this programme and hope that it will aid the efforts of PIRA victims, especially the families of the Disappeared, to finally get to the truth of what happened to their loved ones," a spokesperson said.

Mr Adams once again insisted he had nothing to do with the young mother's death in 1972. But the late Brendan "Darkie" Hughes, once a close friend of Mr Adams, said: "There's only one man who gave the order for that woman to be executed. That man is now the head of Sinn Fein."

Mr Adams tells the documentary makers: "I had no act or part to play in either the abduction, the killing or burial or Jean McConville or indeed any of these other people. Brendan is telling lies."

'The Disappeared', a co-production between RTE and the BBC, will be broadcast on RTE1 tonight at 9:35pm.

Irish Independent

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