Saturday 24 March 2018

Jean family's anger at Adams' 'that's war' slur

Philip Ryan

By Philip Ryan

Jean McConville's family have accused Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adam of being "two-faced" after he described the horrific abduction and murder of the mother-of-10 as something that "happens in war".

Speaking to a primetime US television show, Mr Adams also said Mrs McConville's murder was no different to what occurred in conflicts involving US and British armed forces.


Reacting angrily to his comments, Seamus McKendry, the husband of Mrs McConville's daughter Helen, said he and his wife had become accustomed to Mr Adams' "callous" remarks about the young mother's savage murder at the hands of the IRA.

Mr McKendry said Mr Adams had a "brass neck" supporting victims of the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre, which saw 11 civilians shot down by British soldiers, while claiming Mrs McConville was a victim of a war

"Don't get me wrong, the Ballymurphy families are entitled to the truth and compensation, but he's two-faced and nothing short of it," Mr McKendry told the Herald.

Mrs McConville was taken from her family home in front of her children and murdered by the IRA in 1972.

Mr Adams was arrested last year for questioning in connection with her murder and disappearance.

He was later released without charge.

In an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, Mr Adams was asked about his arrest and the Boston College tapes, in which former IRA members alleged he was involved in Mrs McConville's murder

"I was sick, sore and tired of the tsunami of stories based on these tape recordings linking me to Mrs McConville's death," he said.


"So I contacted the police and said, 'Look, you want to talk to me, I'm here to talk'."

In a preview of the show, which is due to be broadcast tomorrow, interviewer Scott Pelley then asked Mr Adams: "How do you orphan 10 children, what kind of depravity is that?"

Mr Adams responded: "That's what happens in war, Scott.

"That's not to minimise it. That's what American soldiers do, British soldiers do, Irish republican soldiers do, you know.

"That's what happens in every single conflict"

The Sinn Fein leader yesterday sought to defend his comment by insisting he gave a "very forthright and frank interview to CBS".


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