SF leader’s version of past is insulting nonsense

SF leader’s version of past is insulting nonsense
Irish Independent
08 JULY 2013

ONCE again the spotlight is on Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. After a lengthy US legal battle, the Police Service of Northern Ireland now has tapes and transcripts of interviews with the late, unrepentant IRA member, Dolours Price.

These conversations focus on a period in the early 1970s when people were abducted, murdered and secretly buried because they were believed to be informing on the IRA. Victims included widowed mother-of-10 Jean McConville, and they became collectively known as “The Disappeared”.

Ms Price was a convicted IRA car bomber. Mr Adams has always denied her allegations that he was her IRA commanding officer, and he has also denied ordering Mrs McConville’s abduction and murder in 1972. More astonishingly, he continues to insist that he was never a member of the IRA. Most people believe that not only was Mr Adams a member, he was in fact one of the dominant forces in that organisation for a very long period.

Mr Adams’s version of his past is insulting nonsense. He tells us about the need to get to the truth of many of the things that happened in those decades of horror in the North, but refuses to give us an honest account of his own role.

Once again, the spotlight is back on Gerry Adams as PSNI detectives begin investigating the contents of the tapes. Once again, we will hope for more than just glib and dismissive denials that mix weariness and cynicism.

To paraphrase his own celebrated soundbite, these allegations haven’t gone away. And they will not go away until the Sinn Fein president gives us some real answers.