IL SINN FEIN TREMA ‘SOTTO I COLPI’ DI BRENDAN ‘THE DARK’ HUGHES
Saranno a breve pubblicate in un libro post-mortem, alcune interviste a Brendan Hughes, che potrebbero infangare la reputazione di un leader attuale repubblicano
Il Sinn Fein nel panico.
Alcune interviste rilasciate da Brendan ‘The Dark’ Hughes, che collegherebbero il nome di un noto leader repubblicano alla morte di Jean McConville scomparsa dalla sua casa in Divis Flat nel 1972, verrano presto rivelate all’interno di un libro di prossima uscita.
I suoi resti della donna vennero recuperati presso la spiaggia di Spelling Hill, vicino a Carlingford, nella contea di Louth, nell’agosto del 2003.
Quello di Jean McConville, è stato il caso più noto dei Troubles’ Disappeared.
Secondo l’Observer le interviste erano state affidate dallo stesso Hughes alla Boston University, con l’accordo che avrebbero potuto essere rese note solo dopo la sua morte avvenuta lo scorso anno dopo un breve malattia, probabile conseguenza dei danni fisici irreversibili conseguiti dopo 53 giorni di sciopero della fame a Long Kesh nel 1980.
E’ stato un ex prigioniero dell’IRA ad informare l’Observer della visita ricevuta dalla famiglia Hughes, da parte di un delegazione repubblicana ‘ in preda al panico per l’uscita dal libro di Brendan’.
“Il problema per la leadership è che la famiglia di Brendan non sapeva niente delle interviste, o che cosa ci sia esattamente nel libro. Non conoscono i dettagli, ma questo dimostra come la leadership sia preoccupato. Con le sue parole Brendan collega direttamente collega no dei massimi leader del Sinn Féin a Jean McConville e ai Disappeared “. La fonte sostiene anche che Hughes potrebbe rivelare l’identità di un’altra vittima che andrebbe ad aggiungersi alla lista degli ‘scomparsi’ durante i Troubles.
Republicans visit top IRA man’s family over his book (Belfast Telegraph)
Senior republicans have visited the family of an IRA commander who died last year about a book he wanted to be published after his death.
Brendan ‘The Dark’ Hughes, who fell out with the leadership of Sinn Fein over powersharing, left interviews which were to be used for a book on his time in the IRA.
The interviews, said to be in the care of Boston University, are believed to link a figure in republicanism with the death of Jean McConville, a mother-of-eight who the IRA abducted and ‘disappeared’ from her home in Divis Flats in 1972.
Her remains were eventually recovered at Shelling Hill beach, near Carlingford, Co Louth, in August 2003. Her case became the most notorious of the ‘Disappeared’ individuals — mostly civilians — who were abducted and secretly buried by the IRA.
According to The Observer, Mr Hughes, once one of the IRA’s most feared gunmen, handed the interviews to the university on the understanding they would not be made public until his death. Despite a spectacular falling-out with Sinn Fein over powersharing and what he viewed as its renunciation of socialist ideals, prominent figures from the party acted as pall bearers at Mr Hughes’ funeral last year.
He died in February after a short illness but his health never recovered from the effects of 53 days on hunger strike in the Maze prison in 1980.
A former IRA prisoner told the Observer Mr Hughes’ family received a visit a couple of weeks ago by figures “who are panicking about Brendan’s book”.Sinn Féin ‘fears book by ex-IRA commander Brendan Hughes’ (The Observer)
Senior members of the republican movement have visited the family of Brendan Hughes to discover details of a book that the IRA commander wanted released after his death.
Hughes, who died in February 2008, left a series of interviews that were to form the basis of the book about his life in the IRA. Republican sources told the Observer this weekend that Hughes’ story includes new details on the kidnapping, murder and disappearance of Belfast woman Jean McConville in 1972. The mother torn from her children in Divis Flats, Belfast, by an IRA squad became the most famous of “The Disappeared” – the dozen or so people abducted and killed in secret by the Provisionals during the Troubles.
The Observer has learned that Hughes testimony directly links a senior Sinn Féin figure to the IRA squad and to Jean McConville’s death.
The former Belfast IRA commander handed the interviews to Boston University on the understanding they could not be made public until he died. It is understood at least 20 other former IRA veterans have also left interviews in a Boston University archive, which will be published after their deaths.
“The family received a visit a couple of weeks ago by top Sinn Féin figures who are panicking about Brendan’s book,” one former IRA prisoner told the Observer. “The problem for the leadership was that Brendan’s family did not know anything about the interviews, or what exactly is in the book. They didn’t know any details, but it shows you how worried the leadership is. In his own words Brendan directly links a top Sinn Féin leader to Jean McConville and the Disappeared.” He claimed that Hughes would also reveal the identity of yet another additional victim who was “disappeared” during the Troubles.
The beyond-the-grave memoir will be one of the most awaited books on republicanism in the Troubles. During the early 1970s, Hughes led one of the IRA’s elite units, which at one stage managed to bug the internal communications of the British army headquarters in Northern Ireland. Nicknamed “The Dark”, Hughes was finally arrested in a middle-class suburb of south Belfast, posing as a toy salesman.
In 1980 Hughes led the first hunger strike in the Maze by republican prisoners demanding political status. Before his death he said that if he had known the outcome of the “struggle” would be power sharing, he would never have signed up to the “war”.