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Abducted girl's mum slams Frankie Boyle's jokes about Madeleine McCann

By Nevin Farrell and Cate McCurry

A mother whose nine-year-old daughter was abducted and murdered has hit out at controversial comedian Frankie Boyle for making jokes about missing Madeleine McCann.

Patricia Cardy (67) told the Belfast Telegraph last night she was offended Boyle used the disappearance of children to crack a 'joke'.

Boyle made the jibe during a Feile an Phobail performance in west Belfast which already had been overshadowed by his previous material aimed at Down's Syndrome children.

Patricia Cardy's daughter Jennifer was just nine when she was abducted from her home at Ballinderry near Lisburn in 1981. Her body was later found in a dam at Hillsborough, Co Down.

Reacting to Boyle's 'joke' about Madeleine McCann, Mrs Cardy, now a great-grandmother, said the subject was neither funny nor suitable for humour.

"It has offended me in the sense he has used this to promote laughter and that would be all I would say.

"I don't think anything can promote laughter that is not laughable, and that would be all I would say. You cannot promote laughter by something that is not laughable - and that's where I stand."

In 2011, convicted child sex killer Robert Black was found guilty of murdering Jennifer Cardy who was abducted from a road near her home in Ballinderry on 12 August 1981.

After a huge search operation, her body was found at McKee's Dam near Hillsborough, six days after she disappeared.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the family of Jean McConville also slammed Boyle's "sick" comments over Madeleine who went missing eight years ago.

Mrs McConville, a 38-year-old mother-of-ten, was abducted from her home in front of her children and shot dead by the IRA in 1972.

Her son-in-law Seamus McKendry, who is married to Helen, described how they have also endured abuse following her disappearance. I don't think Frankie Boyle knows where to draw the line," he said.

"He is getting handsomely paid and he is just being given more oxygen to say these types of crude comments.

"He should be more careful with his topic especially in west Belfast where so many people have been disappeared.

"The minute we started the campaign we got abuse, calling her things like the world's best hide and seek champion. But those types of comments are water off a duck's back now. People say these things and you can't stop them."

Jim Gamble, a child protection expert and former RUC detective, told the Belfast Telegraph: "I don't know why people pay money to go and see him when he is only a school-yard bully.

"Everyone else laughs while he picks on the weakest and most vulnerable people in our society until it is them he is picking on.

"People are entitled to go and watch whoever they want and I

understand that. But to come out with those vile comments that picks on children with Down's Syndrome, my opinion is that they need to take a long hard look at themselves.

"Anyone laughing at that simply encourages the school-yard bully and by giving this man an audience only makes it worse. I wonder what it says about all of us.

"On the back of everything if he has not had the decency to come out and say he regretted the hurt he has caused and apologise for what he said then it makes things worse.

"But he has only added insult to injury by trying to justify his disgusting comments about things that are close to people's hearts - I don't think that's fine.

"He refuses to go on public shows like Stephen Nolan or Talkback or any other show to try and explain why he thinks its OK to say what he says.

"What he wants is the publicity that this shock tactic levels at. I say there should be a debate and he should apologise.

"To make fun of people who are missing is horrifying and to make fun of families who are hurting in these circumstances is so cruel and sick."

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