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Son of Disappeared victim Jean McConville loses cancer battle

Died: Billy McConville
Died: Billy McConville
Suzanne Breen

By Suzanne Breen

A son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, who was abused in a care home after he was orphaned, has died of cancer.

Billy McConville passed away in the NI Hospice days after appealing to politicians to secure justice for institutional child abuse survivors.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday at St Paul's Church on the Falls Road. He leaves behind four children and is survived by eight brothers and sisters.

Fellow abuse survivor, Margaret McGuckin, said it was damning that he had died before a scheme to secure compensation for victims had been set up. Political deadlock at Stormont had halted progress.

She described him as a "courageous and unselfish man" who had inspired those who met him.

Mr McConville's mother Jean was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA in 1972. He was six when he was sent to Rubane House in Co Down where he said that he was abused by some De La Salle brothers and by a lay teacher.

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