Woman arrested in Jean McConville investigation

Jean McConville and her family

A 57-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday morning in connection with the investigation into the abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

She has been taken to the Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

Veteran republican Ivor Bell was last month charged after being arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville who was abducted by the IRA over 40 years ago. Bell has since been released on bail

The case against Bell comes from the interview Bell himself gave to a researcher at Boston College. Former IRA volunteer Anthony McIntyre interviewed 26 republicans between 2001 and 2006 for the college on the understanding that what was said would not be revealed until after the interviewee’s death.

Tapes of now-deceased IRA members Dolours Price and Brendan Hughes were handed over to PSNI and both accused Gerry Adams of ordering McConville’s murder.

Jean McConville is known as one of the “disappeared”, those who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by The IRA during The Troubles.

West Belfast widow and mother of ten Jean McConville was snatched from her house in December 1972 by the Provisional IRA who later killed her. The IRA claim she was informing on their activities but her children have always rejected this, saying she was targeted for showing kindness to a British soldier who lay wounded outside her door by placing a pillow underneath his head. Her children were aged between 6 and 16 at the time of her abduction.

Her body was found at Shelling Hill beach in Co Louth in August 2003.


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