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Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams is a hypocrite - Jean McConville's son

Published 06/04/2015 | 10:16

Michael McConville.
Michael McConville.

The son of Jean McConville has accused Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams of being a hypocrite after he claimed her murder was something that "happens in wars".

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Michael McConville said the kidnapping, execution and burial of his mother was a war crime and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

“I think to be honest that Gerry Adams is a hypocrite,” said Mr McConville.

“If this had have happened to an IRA family and 10 children were left orphaned would he say the same thing? I don’t think so.

“The reason why I’m calling him a hypocrite is because he apologised to me in one of the meetings that we had, and he apologised for the murder of my mother, and he apologised for the way the IRA treated our family after.

“So to me the man’s a hypocrite.”

Jean McConville with three of her children, before she was abducted and murdered by the IRA
Jean McConville with three of her children, before she was abducted and murdered by the IRA
Jean McConville
Louth TD and Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein deputy Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

When asked by CBS interviewer Scott Pelley "how do you orphan 10 children, what kind of depravity is that?", Mr Adams responded: "That's what happens in wars, Scott. That's not to minimise it. That's what American soldiers do, Irish republican soldiers do, you know. That's what happens in every single conflict."

Read more: Murder of mother-of-ten Jean McConville something that 'happens in war' - Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams

The McConville family have hit back and expressed their hurt over Mr Adams's comments, insisting the murder was "ordered and planned".

“There’s Gerry Adams saying this is a war,” Mr McConville continued on RTE’s Morning Ireland.

“If this is a war then the execution and death and burial of our mother, and kidnapping of our mother, is a war crime. Ireland is the only place where people are not allowed to be charged with war crimes.

“If this had have happened in any other country around the world, people would have been brought to justice for war crime, but this is not seen to be happening.”

Read more: Jean McConville family are outraged at 'two-faced' comment by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

Ms McConville is one of the most well-known murder victims of The Troubles.

She was dragged away from her home at Divis Flats, Belfast by an IRA gang of up to 12 men and women after being accused of passing information to the British army in Belfast.

Mr McConville maintained that Mr Adams was telling lies when he said he did not know who ordered his mother’s killing.

Former IRA man Brendan Hughes has claimed in the Boston tapes that Mr Adams had a role in ordering the murder of Mrs McConville.

Read more: Once discarded like a dead stray, Jean McConville hasn't gone away, you know

“If you ask nearly any person in Ireland they’d be turning around and tell you the same thing that I’m going to tell you,” her son told RTE.

“Gerry Adams is telling lies.

“If he denies he can’t be accused of anything.

“Everybody knows that Gerry Adams was definitely in the IRA and the only one that didn’t know was Gerry,” he claimed.

Mr McConville said he believed Mr Adams gave the interview in the US because of the of the bad publicity he’s been getting after the family’s interviews.

He said Mr Adams’ apologies did not mean anything to him now or in the past.

“He would never come out and apologise in public about it but he’s wanting to do everything behind closed doors.

“And this is the way this man’s life has been run since the troubles have started.”

Mr McConville said while his family is doing well, they have to speak out for their mother and called for no political interference with the police investigation in to her murder.

“Personally speaking I always think the truth will always come out,” he added.

“It might take a long time for the truth to come out, but I personally think that the truth will come out.

“I don’t know how it’s going to  come about, but I think people sometimes slip up on things they are going to say or else they have a guilty conscious makes them tell the truth.”

Read more: Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald defends Gerry Adams over his comments on Jean McConville murder to American media outlet CBS

Yesterday, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald stood by her party leader once again and said she did not believe his remarks were an attempt to be "flippant".

She claimed "awful things happened" during the conflict, when asked whether she agrees with Mr Adams.

"The truth is, in the course of the conflict, awful things did happen. They happened on all sides," Ms McDonald said.

"The last thing any of us would like to do is compound the hurt of the McConville family or any family. What happened to Jean McConville was utterly wrong and indeed the other families of the Disappeared," she added.

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