A man who claims to have been part of a 12 member Provisional IRA unit who abducted, murdered and secretly buried 24-year-old Gerard Evans in 1979 – another of the human rights violations – has identified a location where he says the remains are buried.
While the IRA has admitted ‘disappearing’ nine people, it has long denied responsibility for Evans. Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams, has repeated the IRA’s denial and has appealed for anyone with information on the killing to come forward. The IRA man said: “People who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Gerry Adams when he comes to South Armagh know the IRA killed Gerry Evans.” “They know where he is buried. Some of them even took part in the execution. “I’m not accusing Gerry Adams of anything. [“I’m not aware of what he personally knows or doesn’t know.”] But I’m saying the south Armagh IRA leadership are hypocrites. The peace process is secure. There’s no political reason to keep lying.”
Adds The Northern Ireland Regional Development Minister, Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, has appeared in TV reports on this story, beginning his statement with the words, “My information to date is that the IRA’s position remains the same..”
He also had some things to say about more recent events.
A detailed, hand-drawn map identifying Gerard Evans’ burial site has been handed to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains. Any DNA evidence from digs, or other information obtained by the commission, can’t be used in criminal proceedings. The IRA man didn’t meet the commission directly but asked an intermediary to do so.
“I’d been thinking about it for a long time. Then that young lad, Paul Quinn, got killed. I knew the South Armagh leadership sanctioned that but they denied it. Their denial was an absolute lie. I’m sick of lies. A certain morality is OK during a war but things should be done differently in peace.”
Paul Quinn, 21, from Cullyhanna, south Armagh, was lured to a farm in Co Monaghan where he was beaten to death with iron bars 15 months ago. The Quinn family blame the IRA but the organisation denies any involvement.
“I don’t want the Quinns to have to wait 30 years for the truth like the Evanses. It’s time to do the decent thing, to give a family closure,” the republican says.
“I don’t see why the IRA in other areas can admit disappearing people but South Armagh can’t. There’s an attitude down here ‘we wont admit anything until hell freezes over’. There’s this idea, which is ridiculous now, that nobody will break South Armagh, nobody has control over us, you’ve a duty to keep your mouth shut.”
Well, they can’t see anything wrong with that..
As for the International Representative for West Belfast.. After berating “criminal gangs” who he claims are masquerading as republicans [who does he have in mind? – Ed] Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams is off to the Obama inauguration party.. meanwhile some of his constituents are lobbying Baroness Scotland.
SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley has added, “There must be no more lies.”
And, as previously mentioned, “Justice is the glue that holds society together.”