Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Families of the Disappeared need true closure

WHY are the Disappeared called the Disappeared? Why not call them by a term of reference that is accurate, like 'murdered and buried in a field somewhere'?

Do we really know how many people are buried in remote parts of Ireland on both sides of the border?

The chances are that most are probably buried in the Republic. Others were probably told to get out of the country within 24 hours. The kidnapped, murdered and buried tell us a story reminiscent of a form of mafia-ism.

One can choose whether or not to believe the condemnations of Gerry Adams or Martin McGuiness of these murders.

The murders and secret burials may be condemned now, but it was a very different story when they happened.

Lifelong republican leaders, like Martin McGuiness and Gerry Adams, cannot simply erase the past or clean their conscience with pious platitudes – whether they had anything to do with the kidnapping and murders or not.

They were involved with an organisation that was and is linked to terrorism. They are now public figures and public representatives. Gerry and Martin must answer for their organisation and their own activism (where applicable).

Nobody in public life can kneel through the raindrops for ever. It is time for republicanism to face the music for those who suffered.

Their families need closure in the interests of humanity.

MAURICE FITZGERALD

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