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Adams' words are laudable, his actions laughable

It was heartbreaking to watch Michael McConville release seven white doves into the air above the US Consul's residence at Shaw's Bridge outside Belfast.

Michael's mother, Jean, was murdered and secretly buried by the IRA in 1972.

Her 10 children were left alone in the approach to Christmas. Their plight was only discovered when his sister Helen contacted the Civil Rights Association.

The doves represented the seven bodies of the Disappeared - six killed by the IRA and one by the INLA - still to be recovered.

Gerry Adams has appealed for republicans to help locate the graves. Three bodies were recovered last year.

Adams' appeals are undermined by his own refusal to admit any involvement in the IRA at the time of many of the disappearances.

At the release of the doves, one relative - not a member of the McConville family - mentioned how laughable, Adams had been under questioning on the issue on RTE. He seemed infuriated when Barry O'Kelly pointed to contradictory accounts from republicans like Brendan Hughes and told Adams that no one believed him.

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This is not a good place for a parliamentarian to be in. In politics, it is best to lead by example - not just words.