SINN Féin's Gerry Adams has responded to reports that the daughter of Jean McConville, who was murdered by the IRA in 1972, is considering running against him in the Louth constituency.
SINN Fin's Gerry Adams has responded to reports that the daughter of Jean McConville, who was murdered by the IRA in 1972, is considering running against him in the Louth constituency.
Helen McKendry and her husband, Seamus, started the campaign that led to the IRA finally agreeing to give locations of the bodies of the so-called 'Disappeared'. Nine victims have so far been recovered with a cliam by Brendan Hughes in his memoir insisting that Adams had given the go-ahead for Mrs McConville's execution.
The Sinn Fin president has always denied those claims.
Speaking about talk of Helen McKendry entering the General Election race, Mr Adams said the McConville family had suffered grievously during the Troubles and that anyone who wished to stand in the election should do so.
Ironically, Mr Adams had made reference to the murder of Jean McConville at the opening of his new campaign office in Park Street on Friday when he was asked whether her death and that of Tom Oliver would have an impact on his bid for votes in the upcoming election.
He said the issue had not been raised by members of the public but was instead something that the media concentrated on.
He said: "The incidents that occurred are raised in every election I've fought and I've fought a lot. They are regrettable incidents but the only people that raise them with me are the media."