Gerry Adams suffers “grotesque amnesia” over alleged role in the Disappeared (Belfast Telegraph)

Gerry Adams suffers from “grotesque amnesia” over his alleged role in the IRA abduction and murder of Jean McConville, a senior unionist politician has said.

Ulster Unionist minister Danny Kennedy was speaking as fresh allegations that the Sinn Fein president ordered the Belfast mother-of-10’s execution in 1972 will be aired in a documentary tonight.

Doubts about the Louth TD’s continuing leadership of Sinn Fein are increasing, with both unionist and nationalist politicians questioning his credibility amidst new claims over his alleged role in the murder.

In a Boston College taped interview with deceased IRA Belfast commander Brendan Hughes, which will be played for the first time tonight in the BBC programme called Disappeared, Hughes accused Mr Adams of ordering Jean McConville’s killing.

“There is only one man who gave the order for that woman to be executed and that man is now the head of Sinn Fein,” he said.

Founder Provisional IRA member Billy McKee branded Mr Adams’ denials over his alleged role in the Disappeared as “damn lies”. Mr McKee denied the practice of disappearing people was in place before Adams is said to have taken control of the IRA’s Belfast brigade in 1972.

Mr Adams has strongly denied the claims, accusing his critics of “telling lies” about him. “I had no act or part to play in the abduction, killing or burial of Jean McConville, or indeed any of these other people,” he said.

Regional Development Minister Mr Kennedy said Mr Adams had no credibility.

“There is a very clear web of lies and deceit at the heart of the Sinn Fein leadership on the issue of the Disappeared. Gerry Adams’ grotesque amnesia adds to the suffering of the families. His actions are politically unacceptable and morally indefensible. Were he the leader of any other party but Sinn Fein, he’d have to resign,” Mr Kennedy stated.

The documentary heaps further pressure on Mr Adams who has had to fend off difficult questions about his brother Liam’s conviction of abusing his daughter Aine.

Gerry Adams faced questions about his actions after it emerged his brother confessed the abuse to him before his arrest. Liam Adams is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

DUP MP Gregory Campbell said: “Gerry Adams’ credibility is in tatters following the Aine Adams story and now more allegations about his role in the Disappeared.


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