Sunday 19 November 2017

Adams's 'we ended the war' claim is laughable, says McConville family

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The family of murdered IRA victim Jean McConville has hit out at claims by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams that his party "ended the war".

Mr Adams was yesterday accused by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of trying to "legitimise" Ms McConville's murder after he claimed on US television that her death is "something that happens in wars".

But when challenged over his remarks, the Louth TD sidestepped the issue, instead claiming war "should not be glamorised".

He told RTÉs 'Morning Ireland': "Well, the fact is war should not be glamorised. War is desperate. Part of what we need to look at is that we ended the war."

But Mr Adams's claim Sinn Féin was responsible for ending the "war" in the North was criticised by a member of the McConville family.

Seamus McKendry, who is married to Ms McConville's daughter Helen, described Mr Adams's claims as "laughable".

"Associates of Gerry Adams are responsible for starting the war and all the crimes that took place. What he is saying is laughable," Mr McKendry told the Irish Independent.

Mr McKendry said the family has yet to be contacted by Mr Adams since the Sinn Féin politician made his remarks during an interview on US TV station CBS.

"But to honest with you, we have no interest in engaging with him at all," he added.

Irish Independent

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