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Adams says he can meet PSNI, but denies involvement in Jean McConville murder

The Sinn Féin leader said the Jean McConville murder was a “terrible injustice”.

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SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams today denied he had any involvement in the murder of Jean McConville and criticised the Boston Oral History project.

Responding to media speculation that the PSNI may be interested in speaking to him in reference to the Jean McConville case, in which a 77-year-old man has been charged.

Adams said:

I can understand the McConville family’s anger and hurt given what they have been through and given what some anti-peace process former republican activists have been alleging.

However, let me repeat. What happened to Jean McConville was a terrible injustice.

I was not involved in any part of it. If the PSNI wish to talk to me on this matter I am available to meet them. I have asked my solicitor to contact them.

US College

Speaking about the project by the US college, in which a number of people with ties to the IRA were interviewed, describing it as “shoddy” and a “self-serving effort” by those involved.

He said that some of the  individuals interviewed have gone to “great lengths to attack the republican struggle,” he said.

“The issue of the past needs to be dealt with and I and Sinn Féin are committed to this. We have argued for an independent, international, truth recovery process. However, if this cannot be agreed then we are seeking the implementation of the Haass compromise proposals,” Adams said.

He said that this included” the right of families to choose whether to pursue legal action or to seek maximum truth recovery”.

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