Jean McConville’s murder, the Boston tapes, Gerry Adams and the Ivor Bell trial

Long read: Tapes which implicated Gerry Adams deemed inadmissible in Belfast trial

Jean McConville, Ivor Bell and Gerry Adams. Irish Times photomontage

Jean McConville, Ivor Bell and Gerry Adams. Irish Times photomontage

During the eight-day trial of Ivor Bell for his alleged involvement in the murder of Jean McConville, five of her 10 children sat listening intently in the public gallery of Laganside Crown Court in central Belfast hoping for some form of truth and justice.

Archie was 16 when Jean McConville was abducted late in 1972, held for a while and brought ultimately in the dark of night to Shellinghill Beach in Co Louth, her difficult life ended with a single shot to the back of the head.

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