SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell says that the powerful personal testimony from the families of those who were abducted and murdered by the IRA as detailed in ‘The Disappeared’ documentary must compel action from Gerry Adams.
“The devastating impact on families who lost loved ones was laid bare in the documentary ‘The Disappeared’,” said the south Belfast MP.
“The huge human impact of the loss, the distress and pain experienced then and still experienced now is just awful.
“The dignified and very compelling emotion from the families was in stark contrast to the reaction of Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams who unbelievably dismissed that he would have known anything about these cases saying ‘do you not live in the real world…people go off. People disappear.’
“This kind of reaction, particularly to ‘disappearance’ of mother of 10 Jean McConville will have many questioning the judgement of Mr. Adams.
“Mr. Adams admitted himself that ‘all of us bear a responsibility, particularly those of us in leadership.’ Now is the time to take full responsibility and admit the full truth about the abductions and murders and burials undertaken by the IRA.
“For Gerry Adams to say that he took the attitude of ‘if you don’t ask you can’t tell’ simply does not wash from someone who was in a leadership position then and is in a leadership position now.
“For Gerry Adams to tweet after the programme that anyone with information regarding the Disappeared should contact ‘the Commission or me’ is surely adding insult to injury.
“What was evident from all of the families detailed in ‘The Disappeared’ was how important the truth was to them about what happened to their loved ones.
“They deserve nothing less. Surely their moving testimony must now compel full and complete disclosure from Gerry Adams and the republican movement,” added the SDLP leader.