Louth TD Adams questioned in relation to McConville murder

Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin leader and local TD Gerry Adams is being interviewed by the PSNI about the circumstances of the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

Despite claims north of the border that he had been arrested, the 65-year-old insisted via a statement this evening that he had put himself voluntarily forward for question.

Last month, Mr Adams said he had asked his solicitor to contact the PSNI on the matter and said he was available to speak to them if they wished to speak with him.

Mr Adams denies any involvement in the murder of the Belfast mother-of-ten.

Speaking tonight, he said he had no role whatsoever in what was one of the most controversial murders of the Troubles.

In a statement, Mr Adams said while he had concerns about timing, he is “voluntarily meeting with the PSNI this evening”.

He said that “well publicised, malicious allegations have been made against me. I reject these.

“While I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, I am innocent of any part in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs McConville”.

Mr Adams also said he has never shirked his responsibility as a republican leader, including dealing with the “difficult issue of victims and their families”.

He added: “Even though they may not agree, this includes the family of Jean McConville”.

Sinn Féin Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald told RTÉ, Mr Adams was right to confront the issue and said there has been a concerted and malicious effort to link him to the case for some considerable time.

She also questioned the timing of “this latest decision by the PSNI” and said she believed it was “politically motivated and designed to damage Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin.”

Mrs McConville was abducted by an IRA gang after being accused of passing information to the British army and later shot in the back of the head and buried 80km from her home.

The IRA did not admit her murder until 1999.

Mrs McConville’s remains were found on Shelling Hill, beach in north Louth in 2003.

Nobody has ever been charged with her murder.

Net1 roll out fibre broadband services throughout Louth

net_1_logo_14bNet1 Broadband have recently rolled out fibre broadband services throughout County Louth.

The company, whose head office is in Tullyallen just outside Drogheda, now offers coverage in a range of areas including Dundalk, Drogheda, Ardee, Castlebellingham, Dunleer, Annagassan, Dromiskin, Knockbridge, Louth Village, Readypenny, Kilkerley, Kilcurry, Hackballscross, Faughart, Ravensdale, Cooley, Riverstown, Bush, Templetown, Carlingford, Omeath and Reaghstown, to name but a few.

Net1, who also have a Network Operations Centre at the Adelphi in Dundalk, are offering phone and broadband packages from as little as €35 per month with further details available at www.net1.ie

Plaque honouring Dundalk’s World War One heroes to be erected soon

Cllr Eamonn O'Boyle proposed the memorial along with the Green Party's Mark Dearey

Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle proposed the memorial along with the Green Party’s Mark Dearey

A plaque commemorating the 307 men from Dundalk who died during World War One will be erected in the town shortly.

The men, who were either born locally or lived here, all died in various battles from 1914-1918.

Dundalk Town Council chairman Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle and the Green Party’s Cllr Mark Dearey recently proposed a memorial for the war heroes to mark the centenary of the war this year.

That motion was passed at the town council meeting earlier this week with a working group set to be establish to decide on the commissioning of the work and the location of the memorial. It will involve people with an expertise in the area, as well as councillors.

Thomas Connolly was the first local to die during the war when he was killed on October 3rd 1914. A member of the Cavalry regiment, he is buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery in Wiltshire in the UK.

The last to die was James Garvey on October 26th 1918. He is buried in Greenwich Cemetery in London.

There were many more who died in between, often with surnames still synonymous with the area such as Brady, Brennan, Callan, Casey, Craven, Dearey, Duffy, Faulkner, Fisher, Fitzpatrick, Gray, Hearty, Kelly, Kieran, Kirk, Larkin, Lennon, Lynch, Mackin, Maguire, Marks, McArdle, McCourt, McGeown, McKeever, McKenna, Morgan, Mulholland, Murphy, Nixon, Quigley and Smith, to name but a few.

Help sought in locating missing Dundalk man

Paul Nesbitt has been missing since last week

Paul Nesbitt has been missing since last week

The public have been asked to help locate 35-year-old Dundalk man Paul Nesbitt, who has been missing since last week.

Gardaí say Mr Nesbitt is 5ft 8in in height, of medium build with facial hair and a tattoo on his neck.

He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and a pair of jeans.

Anyone who might have come across Paul is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 0429335577.

This week’s Argus

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This week’s Argus leads with the story of 25 new jobs that are set to be created at Crumb Rubber in Dromiskin. There’s also coverage from the Louth County Council meeting where reaction was given into Deloitte’s report on the housing situation in the local authority. There’s also news of a big poker win for Kilsaran man Patrick Clarke and a look ahead to this week’s Louth Rose of Tralee finals.

All that, and more, in this week’s Argus… on sale now!

Alzheimer’s tea day in Dundalk tomorrow

A tea day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland will take place in the Long Walk Shopping Centre on Thursday from 10am to 4pm.

Everyone is invited to come along on the day for a cup of tea and a slice of cake in order to support this worthy cause.

Corrigan hits out at local authority over lack of urgency in relation to Dundalk Women’s Aid closure

Cllr Edel Corrigan

Cllr Edel Corrigan

Local Sinn Féin councillor Edel Corrigan has hit out at the local authority for failing to take action in relation to the impending closure of the Dundalk Women’s Aid refuge.

Earlier this month both Dundalk Town Council and Louth County Council representatives voted through a proposal to donate €15,000 each to the refuge to keep it open until December 31st.

However, both councils also agreed to petition central government to overturn the cuts which had let to Dundalk Women’s Aid threatening to close from June. A letter was sent to Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan to seek approval for the funding to be given over to Dundalk Women’s Aid but speaking at Monday’s county council meeting, Cllr Corrigan accused the authority of failing to grasp the urgency of the matter.

She told LMFM: “I’m extremely disappointed by the lack of developments since the special meeting we held.”

Cllr Corrigan said a letter on the matter had only been sent last Thursday or Friday despite the special meetings having taken place weeks earlier.

O’Donnell receives injury boost as knee damage isn’t as bad as first feared

Dundalk's Stephen O'Donnell

Dundalk’s Stephen O’Donnell

Dundalk FC captain Stephen O’Donnell has received a major boost in his battle to return to fitness after surgery yesterday revealed that his cruciate knee ligament injury was not as bad as first feared.

After being carried off in the 2-2 draw with Shamrock Rovers on Good Friday, there were fears that the 28-year-old might not play again after initial reports suggested he had ruptured both his anterior and posterior ligaments.

However, surgery in Santry yesterday went well and revealed that he hadn’t ruptured the anterior ligaments (ACL).

Tweeting about the matter this morning, O’Donnell said: “Didn’t do my acl after all damage to the knee but not as bad as first feared!buzzin,surgery went well.”

Meanwhile, tickets went on sale from Oriel Park this morning for the club’s Setanta Cup final clash against Sligo Rovers in Tallaght Stadium on Saturday May 10th.

Narrow Water Bridge project not dead, insists Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, alongside local TD Peter Fitzpatrick, greets local election candidates John McGahon, Cllr Martin Murnaghan, Paddy Malone and Cllr Linus English outsides the Marshes Shopping Centre yesterday

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, alongside local TD Peter Fitzpatrick, greets local election candidates John McGahon, Cllr Martin Murnaghan, Paddy Malone and Cllr Linus English outsides the Marshes Shopping Centre yesterday

The Narrow Water Bridge project is not dead, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The proposed bridge, which aims to link Warrenpoint and Omeath, looked set to go ahead last year until Louth County Council pulled the plug on it after estimates on the cost of construction were well over what they had anticipated.

With no resolution in sight, the project lost its promised EU funding although local campaigners have refused to throw in the towel on it.

Speaking in Dundalk yesterday though, the Taoiseach said he understood why the bridge didn’t commence work last year but was hopeful of a resolution being made this summer on the matter.

“The difference between what came in and what allocated was just too great,” he said.

He said the issue will now be raised at a forthcoming meeting of the North-South ministerial committee in June, which the Taoiseach would chair.

Kenny was in town yesterday as part of a visit of the North East to canvass alongside Fine Gael candidates in the forthcoming local elections.

Interim Garda Commissioner determined to catch Donohoe killers

The late Adrian Donohoe RIP

The late Adrian Donohoe RIP

The interim Garda Commissioner says she’s determined that the people who murdered Adrian Donohoe will be pursued and apprehended.

The Detective Garda was shot dead during a botched robbery at the Lordship Credit Union outside Dundalk in January 2013.

Gardaí previously stated they are satisfied that they’ve identified the gang members involved – but no arrests have yet been made.

However, Noirin O’Sullivan says she is very confident that the people who murdered Adrian Donohoe will be brought to justice.

She said: “We are very, very determined that the people who murdered [him] will be pursued and will be apprehended.

“We’re having very, very good cooperation with the PSNI and our colleagues in the US authorities and I’m very confident that the people that murdered Garda Donohoe will be brought to justice.”

Ms O’Sullivan made the comments at the Garda Representative Association’s annual conference in Kerry yesterday.