Sunday 23 July 2017

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

Tonight, Gerry Adams will continue to try to justify the murder of Jean McConville, but the fact is, it's unjustifiable, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

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
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Poor Gerry Adams. He's so "sick, sore and tired of a tsunami of stories" based on the Boston tapes "linking me to Mrs McConville's death" that he's putting things straight tonight on CBS's 60 Minutes.

There were the accusations from beyond the grave from his once best friend Brendan Hughes, who claimed that he and Adams agreed that Jean McConville must be murdered because they believed her to be an informer. Hughes was unapologetic about that, for "informers must be executed", but he was less happy at what he said was Adams's decision that she must be disappeared by 'the Unknowns', because it would be bad PR to leave on the street the body of a widow and mother of 10.

The Old Bailey bomber, Dolours Price, talked too, both on a Boston tape and to journalists, alleging Adams was her commanding officer and that in her capacity as a driver for his Unknowns unit, she drove Jean McConville to Dundalk to be executed.

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