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McConville girl to battle Adams

THE daughter of IRA victim Jean McConville is to challenge Gerry Adams for a Dail seat.

Helen McKendry, who started the campaign that led to the IRA finally agreeing to give locations for the so-called 'Disappeared', says she is up for an election fight. "I will be snapping at his heels," she said.

In recent days Mr Adams resigned his Sinn Fein seat in Westminster in order to contest the Louth constituency.

Mum-of-10 Jean McConville was abducted and killed in 1972 after going to the assistance of a teenager British solider shot by a sniper outside her west Belfast home.

The IRA claimed that she was an informer and buried her body with the result that Ms McKendry her nine siblings were taken into care.

Her remains were found at Templetown Beach in 2003, 31 years after she disappeared.

Independents' support wavers

INDEPENDENT TDs Jackie Healy-Rae and Michael Lowry are flirting with the issue of their support for the Finance Bill.

The TDs said that they would not guarantee to vote with the Government.

Mr Lowry said that he and Mr Healy-Rae believed that an early election was now essential. "Our votes on the Finance Bill are not guaranteed," he added.

Biffo beeped at GAA match

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen took some time away from the political heat to attend a local GAA match.

The Fianna Fail politician supported his team Rhode in their match against Kilmacud Crokes in Portlaoise. Locals said that he was greeted with beeps, cheers and good-natured comments in Clara before he left for the match.

Creighton in sneer at Greens

FINE GAEL TD Lucinda Creighton offered a sarcastic comment on the political turmoil on her Twitter page.

She joined thousands of other social networkers offering their views on the Finance Bill "After three-and-a-half years of U-turns, backtracking and playing second fiddle, Greens finally pull plug to bring forward election by two weeks," she said. "Such courage."