Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams had a hand in creating “The Good Friday Agreement” — a truce between Catholics (Irish nationalists) and Protestants (English loyalists) 17 years ago. He has also been accused of leading the militant Irish Republican Army (IRA) and of having blood on his hands. He was allegedly complicit in the 1972 murder of widow and mother of 10 children, Jean McConville. McConville “was killed because she was believed to have betrayed the Catholic IRA by informing on them to the British.” Her body, with a bullet hole in the skull, was found in 2003.
While Adams says he doesn’t disassociate himself from the IRA, he also says that he was not a member. Researchers at Boston College have taped oral histories with former IRA members, one of whom “directly accuses Adams of giving the order to kill McConville.” Adams will defend himself in a rare interview with 60 Minutes on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 7pm on CBS.