Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams denied involvement in the murder of Belfast woman Jean McConville in 1972 as the controversy erupted in the Dáil again.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin raised the matter in relation to a book looking at the murder which he called a “must-read”.
In reference to the row over the Boston College tapes, Mr Martin called on Mr Adams to make a statement on the matter after a book, Voices from the Grave, claimed that Mr Adams was involved in the disappearance.
If similar allegations had been made about other members of the Dáil there would have been loud demands for a statement, Mr Martin told TDs as he insisted nobody believed Mr Adams’s claim that he had never been in the IRA.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny urged Mr Adams to address the matter, stating that the section of the book dealing with the murder was “very stark”, adding that he was meeting families of the Disappeared after the Dáil session.
Mr Adams refused to make a formal statement on the matter, insisting he had already addressed the issue and denied any involvement in the disappearance and murder of Ms McConville.
Mr Adams said the IRA had apologised, and that people making allegations about him were “implacable opponents of the peace process” who believed the conflict should have continued.
Mr Adams accused Mr Martin of trying to score party political points with “weasel words”.
The Boston tapes, recordings with key figures involved in the Troubles which were intended for academic research, are now in the hands of the PSNI.
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