There was only one man who gave the order for that woman to be executed… That man is now the head of Sinn Fein. I did not give the order to execute that woman he did. And yet he went to see [Jean McConvilles] kids to promise an investigation into her death.
And making a mockery of Adams’ claims never to have been in the IRA, Hughes said:
I never carried out a major [IRA] operation without the okay or the order from Gerry [Adams]. And for him to sit in his plush office in Westminster or Stormont or wherever and deny it, I mean its like Hitler denying that there was ever a Holocaust.
Given Hughes’ standing within republicanism, these are claims that Adams – who carried Hughes’ coffin not so long ago – will find hard to dismiss.