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Video: 'I hope Gerry Adams does time for my mother’s murder'

© FRANCE 24

Video by François PICARD

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-02

In an interview with FRANCE 24, the daughter of IRA murder victim Jean McConville welcomed the arrest of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Four decades on, Helen McKendry is no longer afraid to speak.

Speaking from Belfast on Thursday evening, Helen McKendry said she was hopeful justice would be done after her mother Jean McConville was abducted and killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1972.

With the Irish republican leader Gerry Adams still in police custody following his arrest on Wednesday in connection with the murder of the mother of 10, McKendry told FRANCE 24: “It’s the best place for him and I hope they can keep him there because he was involved in my mother’s murder. Even the dogs in the street in Belfast know who was behind killing Jean McConville.”

Police gets another 48 hours to quiz Adams

Northern Ireland police on Friday obtained a 48-hour extension to question detained Irish Republican leader Gerry Adams over the notorious IRA murder of a widowed mother of 10 in 1972.

Adams denies any involvement in the case or in the IRA itself and has embraced the peace process since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Yet McKendry said the Sinn Fein leader’s role in the peace process should not interfere with the course of justice: “Mr Adams thinks he is God, he is untouchable, he thinks he is a great man who has brought peace to Northern Ireland. He must remember what he has done to this country.”

While some in Northern Ireland fear prosecuting the crimes committed during the Troubles (the late 1960s through to 1998) may threaten the peace process, McKendry said she didn’t believe any agitators could revive the conflict. “It’s changed, people are standing up to them. We want peace for our kids and our grandkids,” she said.

“I want peace, I want justice to my mother’s murder, I want the truth,” she added.

Date created : 2014-05-02

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