Monday 24 October 2016

Time for Sinn Féin to question Gerry Adams

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Jean McConville with three of her children, before she was abducted and murdered by the IRA

The family of Jean McConville are rightly outraged by Gerry Adams's latest description of her murder as something that "happens in wars".

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The Sinn Féin leader told one of America's most watched television programmes that Ms McConville was just another victim of the Troubles.

However, what he seems to ignore is that she was taken from her home and 'disappeared' in 1972. It wasn't until 2003 that her remains were found on a Co Louth beach.

Jean McConville's murder was a cowardly act that left 10 children orphaned. It was an indefensible killing that should to this day appal every right-thinking person.

It was not something that happens in "every single conflict", as Mr Adams would like us to believe.

He was questioned by police about the murder. And perhaps his comments do not come as a surprise to those familiar with his past utterings.

However, what will unsettle ordinary people is how his Sinn Féin lieutenants, including Mary Lou McDonald, stand by and blindly support his views.

It is time for somebody in Sinn Féin to be brave and step out of Gerry Adams's shadow.

Irish Independent

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