Belfast Telegraph

PSNI still probing Jean McConville murder

By Fionnan Sheahan

The PSNI says it is continuing to investigate the IRA murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville -- a killing that continues to cast a shadow over Gerry Adams.

The Sinn Fein president is poised to face the embarrassment of a special Dail debate on the so-called Disappeared, people murdered by the IRA and whose bodies were then hidden.

Former IRA members have implicated Mr Adams in Ms McConville's murder.

Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donovan has asked for time in the Dail to discuss the Disappeared.

"To date, nine bodies of the 16 'disappeared' during the Troubles have been located. That means seven families remain in a terrible state of limbo, unable to get closure and fully mourn the death of their loved ones," he said.

"By allowing for statements to be made on this matter in the Dail, the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, could update the House and the public on the progress made to date. It would also heighten public awareness on the issue, and might encourage anyone with any information to come forward," he added.

Convicted IRA bomber Dolours Price has accused Mr Adams of involvement in the murder of Ms McConville from Belfast.

"Detectives are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry in relation to the murder of Jean McConville," a PNSI spokesman said.

Mr Adams has repeatedly denied being a member of the IRA or any knowledge of the murder of Ms McConville.

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