I, Dolours – an unsettling cinematic memoir about an IRA activist whose deadly idealism turned out to be hollow

A cinematic memoir which allows Dolours Price tell her story from the grave. This 82-minute film, revolving around a 2010 interview conducted by Ed Moloney, explains and reconstructs her IRA activism and role in the ‘disappeared’. I Dolours will be screened as part of Belfast Film Festival’s documentary season on 13 August before going on general release from 31 August.

Martin McGuinness: “I mean I remember, I remember, I remember…”

Or not, as the case may be.  Faced with evidence to the contrary, the Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, has admitted that he was not, as he had claimed in an interview with RTÉ’s Marian Finucane, in Portlaoise prison when “Patrick Duffy was killed and his body secretly buried”.  As the News Letter reports In a statement, [Martin McGuinness] said: “The facts are that I served a six-month sentence in Portlaoise jail in 1973 and another in …

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No sign yet of smoking gun in the Adams case

Gerry Adams uses a column in the Guardian to describe  and comment on his interrogation.  I was told that the interrogations were an evidence-gathering process, and that the police would be making the case that I was a member of the IRA; that I had a senior IRA managerial role in Belfast at the time of Jean McConville’s abduction; and that I was therefore bound to know about her killing. I challenged my interrogators to produce the new evidential material. They …

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Bell’s arrest may put new pressure on Adams and produce new cracks in omerta

The arrest  of Ivor  Bell in connection with the murder and disappearance of Jean McConville  is  I’m sure already releasing a  flood of speculation about new pressure on Gerry Adams and is perhaps the  most dramatic sign yet of a final  breach  between Sinn Fein and old comrades who are opposed to their current political strategy. The timing and the IRA status of the arrested man are all significant but it will take time for the exact significance to become …

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Ivor Bell charged in connection with Jean McConville abduction and murder

The BBC are reporting that Ivor Bell, who was arrested earlier this week, has been charged in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in December 1972.  From the BBC report Ivor Bell, 77, who was a senior leader in the Provisional IRA in the 1970s, was arrested at his home in Andersonstown on Tuesday. He has been charged with aiding and abetting murder and membership of the IRA. He is expected to appear in court on Saturday. …

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#TheDisappeared: “We do not need some elaborate international truth machinery…”

And whilst we’re on the subject of truth recovery, today’s debate on The Disappeared should make Stormont Today a little bit more interesting… Alasdair McDonnell spoke earlier… “What they did was evil, and it remains evil while they deny or refuse the truth. All those hundreds of people are not dead, nor have they gone away. They are still there, most of them still in association with some element of the Provisional movement. They are still there, still staying silent, …

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White vans of Sri Lanka, and the lessons of failing to make political agreements stick…

Leena Manimekalai, director of White Van Stories talked the Jon Snow last night about the full scale abductions currently ongoing in Sri Lanka, despite a much lauded ‘peace process’… Of the film she notes, the social instability it gives rise to “there is so much of hope, [in spite] of despair, there’s waiting, and there is apathy, there’s everything, you know.” Unlike our own cases of The Disappeared this is both the norm (rather than a cover for access or …

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“The fact of the matter is that somebody ordered that Jean McConville be murdered…”

The BBC reported that, following the broadcast of the recent BBC/RTÉ programme on The Disappeared, the Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness said The fact that some families still do not know where their murdered relatives were secretly buried by the IRA is a “wound that must not be left to fester” [But whose wound, Martin? – Ed]  And on what body…  The quote continues, “I understand that these killings happened decades ago and those involved may …

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“If there was a hierarchy of the victims of the Troubles, #TheDisappeared were at the bottom…”

…So Darragh McIntyre begins a truly haunting evocation of the plight of the families of those killed mostly by the IRA and disappeared… You can pick it up here on the RTE Player and here on the iPlayer… I’d recommend watching it in full, but for now, two indicative passages. This one, in which former south Armagh IRA man Martin McAllister outs the rumour mill around post execution citings of disappeared victims as a way of stealing some grace for …

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Finding ‘The Disappeared’ will rely on even the fragmentary memories of the many witnesses to these burials

I don’t think that Susan McKay’s forensically detailed piece for the Irish Times on the search for the disappeared is absolutely the best piece published today, but it’s got to be pretty close. Her eye for telling detail is extraordinarily precise and in the process of throwing a powerful light on the long, painstaking and expensive task of recovering the bodies of the disappeared, she pulls no punches: Knupfer, chief investigator with the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ …

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ICLVR: “The results positively indicate that the remains are those of Mr Gerard Evans”

The BBC reports that the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains [ICLVR] have confirmed that the body found after a targeted search of bogland in County Louth in October is that of Gerard Evans, who was abducted, murdered and secretly buried in 1979.  No organisation has admitted responsibility for his murder.  But some have unreliable memories… Louth is, of course, the constituency where the [soon-to-be] former International Representative for west Belfast is hoping to be elected. Pete Baker