Wednesday 20 September 2017

'View from nowhere' on McConville

The liberal instinct to label the Troubles as a 'dirty war' obscures the true toll, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Helen McKendry, daughter of Jean McConville, with the only family photograph of her mother
Helen McKendry, daughter of Jean McConville, with the only family photograph of her mother
Helen McKendry, daughter of murdered Belfast womand Jean McConville, pictured at her home near Downpatrick in Co Down. Picture: Gerry Mooney

John-Paul McCarthy

Robert Caro's great biographies of Lyndon Baines Johnson are based on the proposition that, above all else, "power reveals". The same might be said of Irish atrocities.

The fallout from the McConville murder has given each star in the political constellation a chance to shine anew.

True to his rather Olym- pian style, the Taoiseach largely sat this one out, and used the Adams arrest as a way of confirming his relationship with David Cameron.

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