I have read this story with great interest, it's a shocking story that tells the pure evil of Sinn Fein / IRA.
Jean McConville, who lived with her children aged from six to 16 at a council flat off the Catholic Falls Road, was abducted in 1972 when she commited the 'crime' of comforting a soldier shot and wounded by the IRA outside her home.
Soon after her act of kindness to the soldier, the 37-year-old woman was beaten and found wandering the streets dazed and bleeding.
Her children - whose father had died a year earlier - helped clean up her wounds at home.
But they did not have time to heal. Less than 24 hours later, more than a dozen figures, some wearing balaclavas, arrived at the McConville family home and burst through the door demanding to see ‘mammy’.
She was dragged through the door as her children clung on to her legs and tried to fight the gunmen off. They failed.
A week later, a man who identified himself as being from the IRA called at the McConvilles’ council home.
He handed the children their mother’s purse and wedding ring, saying: ‘I was told to deliver this.’
On tape, Brendan Hughes, once a close friend of Adams and a legendary figure in the IRA’s high command, says: ‘There is only one man who gave the order for that woman to be executed. That man is head of Sinn Fein.’
At least 16 people are known to have been ‘disappeared’ by the IRA after a decision was taken in 1972 to stop dumping the mutilated bodies of alleged traitors on the streets of Belfast as a grim warning to others.
Jean McConville - Murdered by Sinn Fein/IRA in 1972
‘Time doesn’t heal,’ he told me. ‘The pain doesn’t go away. It has destroyed us. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t ask myself why I didn’t do more. I know I was just a wee boy, but I still ask myself if I could have saved her.
Micheal McConville - Destroyed
‘They took my mother from her house. To bring her down to a beach with her hands tied behind her back and to put a gun to the back of her head and shoot her - that was a war crime and the people responsible should be brought to The Hague.
Amid IRA fears that the family might go to the police, the then 11-year-old Michael was abducted by terrorist thugs himself.
He was beaten and had a gun held to his head until he agreed he had not seen his mother being abducted.
The children fended for themselves until Michael and a younger brother were caught stealing food.
They confessed all to police - and the children were promptly split up and put in different care homes.
‘All we had was each other,’ said Michael, 51. ‘But I saw my brothers and sisters only about four or five times in the next six years. It was a nightmare.
We became strangers to each other. Everybody has had their problems in different ways.’
In 2003, Jean McConville’s remains were accidentally discovered at a beach in County Louth (Irish Republic) in 2003. Tests showed she had been shot in the back of the head.
The face of evil - Sinn Fein/IRA leader - Gerry Adams
Adams has always maintained that he had nothing to do with the fate of the Disappeared, yet he has been accused in the past of playing a part in the creation of The Unknowns, a small unit of four terrorists responsible for the IRA’s ‘internal security’ when he was head of the Belfast Brigade.
Helen McConville - Daughter of Jean, looks at a family photo
‘I had no act or part to play in either the abduction, the killing or the burial of Jean McConville or indeed any of these individuals,’ he told Darragh MacIntyre, a campaigning journalist behind a welter of recent revelations. ‘Brendan is telling lies.’
Yet I can reveal that a priest says he held talks with Adams almost 20 years ago about handing back the bodies of the Disappeared.
Father Patrick McCafferty told me this week that he was asked by the family of Jean McConville to make contact with the IRA in the early 1990s and ask for the bodies of the Disappeared to be returned for burial.
A well-known figure in the Catholic community in Belfast, Father McCafferty told people he knew were connected to the IRA that he needed to have talks with senior figures about the Disappeared.
Word came back via the same intermediaries that Gerry Adams, who regularly attended IRA funerals wearing the movement’s signature beret, would meet the priest at a deserted car park.
‘It was absolutely terrible for the families — they didn’t know if their loved ones were dead or alive,’ said Father McCafferty.
Father McCafferty told me after midweek mass. ‘I wanted to try to help resolve this awful situation for the families.’
After the priest drove to the rendezvous at the appointed hour, another car swung into the deserted car park.
In it were Gerry Adams and three other men.
Adams climbed into the priest’s car and listened to an impassioned plea for the bodies of the missing to be returned.
Even now, Father McCafferty is reluctant to reveal Adams’s exact words. ‘I agreed to the meeting to try to help the families,’ he said. ‘Gerry Adams told me he was concerned and I got the sense that he would try to do what he could.’
It wasn’t until 1999 that the body of the young Eamon Molloy was finally recovered after a message was sent through IRA intermediaries.
His remains were placed in a new coffin and left in a graveyard south of the border. He had been shot in the back of the head.
Martin Molloy, the dead man’s brother, told me this week that Father McCoy, the priest who had ministered to Eamon, contacted him shortly after his brother’s remains were recovered.
‘I wanted to shout at him: “Why didn’t you go to the Garda?” But he was a broken man. He had left the priesthood and died not long after I met him. He had been tormented by what he had seen, and told me he had pleaded with the IRA for my brother’s life.
‘My mum never mentioned our Eamon’s name for 25 years in our house. She used to pray every night that he would be found.
‘I don’t want to get into any of this Gerry Adams business. He says he knows nothing about it and I can’t comment on that. All I know is that the IRA murdered our Eamon.’
And now, perhaps, those who ordered his death, and the murder of the rest of the Disappeared, are one step closer to being brought to justice.
It's heartbreaking to read that Mrs McConville was dragged out of her house in full view of her small children just for showing compassion to a dying young boy who happened to be English.
I think she showed more compassion in her gesture than the IRA has ever shown in its entire existence.
While Irish republicans demand and get enquiry after enquiry, IRA murder victims families are fobbed off time and time again.
The pro Irish replublican keyboard warriers on various forums never mention this side of Sinn Fein - indeed they want to sweep this and other grusome murders under the carpet as if they never happened.