McConville killing “a grievous injustice” – Adams

March 24, 2014

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has described the killing of Jean McConville as a “grievous injustice to her family.”

Mr Adams made his comments in a statement released after an alleged former senior IRA member was charged with aiding and abetting the murder of the Belfast mother-of-10 in 1972.  Mrs McConville, 37, became known as one of the Disappeared after being kidnapped in front of her children before being shot and buried in secret.  Her body  was eventually  recovered on a County Louth beach in August 2003.

Ivor Bell, 77, alleged to have been a senior member in the Provisional IRA in the 1970s, was arrested at his home in west Belfast, on Tuesday and refused bail on Saturday.

Commenting on the case, Mr Adams said,

“Due process prevents me from commenting on the recent charging of a man in relation to the death of Jean McConville. This is now a matter for the courts.

“However, the killing of Jean McConville and the disappearing of her remains was wrong and a grievous injustice to her family.

“The injustice suffered by the McConville family is one of many legacy issues relating to the conflict.

“We must bear in mind in all of this that there has been a virtual amnesty for British armed forces including state and state-sponsored killings.

“It is Sinn Féin’s view that legacy issues and dealing with the past, including past conflict events, are best addressed through an independent, international, truth recovery process.

“In the absence of that, we have agreed to and are seeking the implementation of the Haass compromise proposals. These include the right of families to choose whether to pursue legal action or to seek maximum truth recovery.”