“This tragedy..”

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams has claimed he wants “to make 2007 the year this matter is finally resolved for these families.” ‘This matter’ being the “human rights violation” that was the secret burials of those abducted and murdered by the Provisional IRA in the 1970s. It’s not entirely clear why the statement is being made now, but the repeated references to the government-appointed forensic expert meeting, and visiting sites, with “individuals with primary knowledge” just emphasises the fact that the British and Irish governments have granted immunity to the “people who were there when the killings took place – either transporting those who were killed, or in fact killed those who were killed or buried those who were killed.” [so much for accountability – Ed] More below the foldFrom the PA report

But a brother of one of the disappeared killed by the Provisionals claimed people with knowledge of what happened to the victims had ignored previous appeals by the Sinn Fein leader.

Oliver McVeigh said: “Obviously his flock are not listening to him. Why?

“With his contacts he should be able to find out who was involved and personally appeal to them, not issue another statement.”

Columba McVeigh. 17, from Donaghmore in Co Tyrone, was kidnapped and killed by the Provisionals in 1975.

A two-week excavation of bogland was carried out near Emyvale, Co Monaghan in 2003. He is among five of the disappeared whose remains have yet to be found. His elderly mother Vera had talks in November with the DUP leader Ian Paisley.

Mr McVeigh added: “Gerry Adams should be fit to find out who was involved and meet them face to face. We don`t care if it`s in secret because the right people are not coming forward with the information which is needed.”