Thursday 27 October 2016

Gerry Adams has tried to reduce a mother of 10 to just a 'thing'

Seamus McKendry

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Jean McConville

Jean McConville has had her status reduced now to being a 'thing'.

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She, like the commandeering of vehicles or the plunder of properties, is just one of those things that 'happens in war'.

Through his never surprising lack of humanity, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has reduced the widowed mother-of-10 to a 'thing'. What would you expect, I suppose, from a man who has treated Mairia Cahill in an appalling manner?

I have tirelessly investigated the circumstances of my mother-in-law's disappearance since I first met my wife Helen McConville, now McKendry.

When we met, Helen was a beautiful yet traumatised young girl who was desperately trying to make sense of her shattered life.

Her love and devotion to her almost certainly-murdered mother would have drawn tears from a stone.

The TD for Louth has denigrated her memory to that of a 'thing' in order to perpetuate the myth that Jean was some kind of Mata Hari figure - Hari was an exotic dancer who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing squad in France during the First World War.

Jean McConville is a 'thing' that the Provisional IRA and its political wing denied any knowledge of.

That was until we embarrassed them into finally admitting that they had indeed murdered Jean, and, in a cold-hearted twist to hide their shame, left her delicate, bloodstained five-foot, two-inch body to rot for three decades on a Co Louth shoreline.

Gerry Adams is a man who is almost daily at the vanguard of campaigns to 'find the truth' about issues such as the Ballymurphy massacre, Bloody Sunday, 'shoot to kill' policies, state collusion and a plethora of other alleged miscarriages (incidents that every right-thinking person wants clarity on). Then why is he not telling these victims' families to get over it, like he is to our family, as these things 'happen in war'.

Furthermore, does he realise that the disappearance of people is, according to the Geneva Convention, classified as a war crime?

Does he understand that as the figurehead of the Republican movement he will be asked to provide answers?

Masquerading as the leader of a socialist party will be no defence.

Gerry Adams has once again this week spoken about Jean McConville like she is the enemy.

I'd say to Irish voters, please don't vote for a party like Sinn Féin, with Gerry Adams as leader.

I'd say to Gerry Adams, don't bother with some sort of half-hearted apology for your callous vocabulary.

Remember, when you're called upon to explain your part in the war, that 'these things happen'.

Seamus McKendry is the husband of Jean McConville's daughter Helen and has consistently campaigned for justice.

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