Friday 13 December 2019

'We are not going to stop now' say McConville family

THE family of Jean McConville has vowed to fight "to the bitter end" to get justice for their mother.

Following the release of Gerry Adams from police custody, Mrs McConville's son Michael said his family taking its own civil legal action against Sinn Fein remained a "possibility".

Flanked by his siblings Susan and Arthur last night he said he was "satisfied" that a report is now to be sent to the Public Prosecution Service and added he had confidence in the police.

"We know there has been political interference in some of these cases but we do not want to see any of that in this case," he said.

But he also said there should be a full investigation into the 1972 abduction and murder of his mother from outside Northern Ireland.

Mr McConville said the last few days – since Mr Adams was arrested on Wednesday night – had been "very stressful and difficult" for the family.

"We are going to stay at this until the bitter end until we get justice for my mother," he told a press conference at the Wave Trauma Centre off the Antrim Road in Belfast.

"We know its going to be a long road but we have been fighting for the last 40 years and we are not going to stop now."

Mr McConville said the family had been overwhelmed by the "unreal" support of the public over the last few days, and also thanked the media.

But he also reiterated his view that he would "not put his family through" giving the names of those the family say were involved in the kidnapping to the police.

"There is not a day goes past that we don't think about our mother and this week has been particularly painful for us all," he added. "The legal process will continue, as I understand that papers are being sent to the Public Prosecution Service following the questioning of Mr Adams.

"We are also glad that there has been a worldwide focus on our mother's cruel and inhuman treatment by the IRA.

"It has also highlighted the desperate plight of other families of the Disappeared, seven of whom have yet to have the remains of their loved ones returned to them. No one should be forced to continue to suffer in this way."

The press conference was organised just a few hours after the release, following four days of police questioning of Mr Adams, who has consistently denied any involvement in the abduction and killing of Mrs McConville.

Michael – one of 10 orphans left behind when Mrs McConville was murdered – said they had suspected Mr Adams would be released.

"We don't know what evidence they have (against Mr Adams)," he added.

After years of searching, his mother's remains were finally uncovered from a beach in Co Louth in 2003 – the constituency which Mr Adams now represents in the Dail.

Further Reading

- How the world's media is reporting on the arrest and release of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams 

- Shadow of Jean McConville murder still hangs over Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein

- DUP should help Sinn Fein out of the corner it has painted itself into

- We are not going to stop now, say McConville family

- Ruth Dudley Edwards: Without justice there is no peace

- John Downing: Hard decisions will have to be taken if we are to deal with legacy of the Troubles

- David McKittrick: Adams events show the fragility of peace and how easily it can fracture

- Five days that shook politics North and South

- From 'interrogation' to rapturous welcome

- Gerry Adams will be back on campaign trail for elections, says Sinn Fein 

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