Thursday 22 March 2018

Disappeared families' pain 'as raw as ever'

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has told Gerry Adams that the hurt experienced by the families of those secretly murdered and buried by the IRA over past decades still exists, writes Michael Brennan.

It came after an RTE/BBC documentary featured a recording of the late former IRA commander Brendan Hughes who accused Mr Adams of ordering the execution of Jean McConville back in 1972.

Mr Adams has insisted that the claims he ordered the murder of Ms McConville are lies. He sent a tweet after the programme appealing for anybody with information on the location of the remaining people 'disappeared' by the IRA to come forward.

In the Dail, Mr Kenny said he hoped that the programme would stimulate people's memories.

"It may well be that people out there do know or recollect these tragic incidents unfolding on their land or close to where they might be. It is a long time ago but the hurt is obviously as palpable and as relevant now as it was then," he said.

Mr Kenny said there were some direct comments made in the programme about Mr Adams – who has always denied he was commander of the Belfast IRA at the time of Ms McConville's death. But he did not point the finger of blame himself at the Sinn Fein leader.

Irish Independent

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