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Kevin Cullen

Inconvenient truths in Gerry Adams case

What was done to Jean McConville 42 years ago was unconscionable and one of the inconvenient truths of the Troubles, which the Irish, in their lyrical penchant for understatement, call their perpetual civil war.

She was taken from her apartment by force, as her children furtively and futilely clung to her legs, bundled into a car, and driven to a desolate spot. She had her hands tied behind her back, was tortured, and endured a mock trial before a kangaroo court of hooded IRA men who summarily found her guilty of passing information to the British. One of those men stepped forward and put a gun to the back of her head, and, in that moment before he fired, no doubt Jean McConville was thinking of the 10 children she left behind, the youngest 6-year-old twins.

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