Unlawful killing of McConville: verdict

Monday 05 April 2004 16.37

The inquest into the death of Jean McConville has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

The mother of ten was abducted by a gang of around 28 armed IRA men and women before being shot in the back of the head in December 1972.Last year, her skeletal remains were found on Shelling Hill beach in Co Louth.

At the conclusion of the inquest in Dundalk today, the coroner Ronan McGuire said the people who had murdered Mrs McConville lacked humanity.

The hearing had been adjourned to allow her family to examine more documents and for forensic examination of a bullet found with the body.

Mrs McConville was one of the so-called ‘disappeared’ people abducted and murdered by the IRA and then buried in secret.

Following the verdict, Mrs McConville's son, Michael, said his family would seek a meeting with the Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, to try to pressurise the IRA into acknowledging that their mother was not an informer.

He said the IRA owed it to her and to the McConville family to clear her name.