Man arrested over Jean McConville murder

Jean McConville with some of her 10 children prior to her abduction

Jean McConville with some of her 10 children prior to her abduction

A man has been arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

The 73-year-old from Dunmurray was detained by detectives from the Serious Crime Branch of the PSNI this morning.

“He has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning,” PSNI detective inspector Neil McGuiness said.

Several people have been detained and questioned this year in connection with the murder – the most high profile being Sinn Féin president and local TD Gerry Adams. Mr Adams (65) was released in May without charge after four days in police custody.

Mrs McConville was dragged, screaming, away from her children in the Divis flats in west Belfast by a gang of up to 12 men and women after being wrongly accused of informing to the security forces.

The 37-year-old widow was interrogated, shot in the back of the head and then secretly buried – becoming one of the ‘Disappeared’ victims of the Troubles. Her body was not found until 2003 on a beach in Shelling Hill in north Louth, 50 miles from her home.

Dundalk man in serious condition following stabbing on Mill Road

A man is in a serious condition in hospital this morning following a stabbing in Dundalk last night.

The 24-year-old man was attacked outside a house on Mill Road at around 10pm. Having suffered stab wounds, he was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he remains in a serious condition this morning.

A man in his 20s was arrested and is being questioned by Gardaí at Dundalk Garda Station.

The scene of the attack has also been preserved for technical examination.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9335577.

Man arrested over Ravensdale deaths

A man in his 20s was arrested yesterday in connection with the discovery of two bodies in a burned-out car in Dundalk two years ago.

The bodies of Anthony Burnett, 31, and Joseph Redmond, 25, were discovered in a burned-out car at Ravensdale Park in the town on 7 March 2012.

The man who was arrested is being held at Dundalk Garda Station.

Another arrest made in McConville investigation

Jean McConville, pictured with three of her children prior to her abduction in 1972.

Jean McConville, pictured with three of her children prior to her abduction in 1972.

Detectives investigating the IRA murder of Belfast mother-of-ten Jean McConville more than 40 years ago have arrested a 56-year-old man.

The suspect was detained in west Belfast and has been taken to Antrim police station for questioning, a PSNI spokesman said.

The abduction, murder and secret burial of Mrs McConville in 1972 is one of the most notorious incidents of the Troubles.

Today’s arrest comes after veteran republican Ivor Bell was charged last month in connection with the killing.

Mr Bell, 77, from Ramoan Gardens in west Belfast, faces counts of aiding and abetting the murder and of IRA membership.

Mrs McConville, a widow, was dragged away from her children in her home in the Divis flats by an IRA gang of up to 12 men and women after being accused of passing information to the British army in Belfast.

An investigation later carried out by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman rejected the allegations.

She was shot in the back of the head and buried 50 miles from her home.

The IRA did not admit her murder until 1999 when information was passed on to gardaí.

She became one of the so-called Disappeared, and it was not until August 2003 that her remains were eventually found on Shelling Hill beach in north Louth.

Nobody has ever been charged with her murder.

UPDATE: The 56-year-old man has since been released following questioning by the PSNI.

Trio arrested following handgun discovery released without charge



Three men who were arrested in Dundalk on Wednesday night following the discovery of a handgun in a car in a local estate have been released without charge.

The arrests were made after a car was searched in the Greenacres area shortly after 9pm on the night.

The men, one aged 40 and the other two in their late 20s, were arrested at the scene brought to Dundalk Garda Station for questioning.

The trio, who were detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, are all believed to be Eastern European.

They have now been released without charge although a file on the matter has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Firearm and knives seized following arrest of man in Barrack Street

A man was arrested in Dundalk yesterday evening after becoming violently aggressive towards Gardaí in the Barrack Street area of the town.

Gardaí seized a firearm from the 33-year-old after responding to a call of a disturbance in public order around 7pm.

The man was found to be in possession of a firearm that was in a bag he was carrying. Six ‘locking’ knifes were also seized following his arrest.

The man is currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939-98 at Dundalk Garda Station.

Three arrested in Carrickcarnon

Three men have been arrested in the Carrickcarnon area as part of ongoing investigations into Dissident Republicans.

The men, aged in their early 20s to mid 50s, are currently being held in Dundalk Garda Station following their arrests last night.

The latest arrests comes after a 43-year-old man was arrested in Kilcurry earlier this week, shortly after two teenagers from Dundalk – a 19-year-old male and an 18-year-old female – were arrested in Forkhill after a bomb making factory was discovered during the search of a premises.

Two arrests in Castlebellingham over suspected dissident activities

Two people were arrested in Castlebellingham on Monday

Two people were arrested in Castlebellingham on Monday

Two people – a man and a woman – were arrested in Castlebellingham on Monday as part of a Garda operation to counter dissident republican activities in the North East.

Similar raids were also carried out in both Drogheda and Navan.

The man, aged 49, and woman, aged 43, were arrested at Castlebellingham on Monday and detained in Drogheda Garda Station.

Two further arrests were also made in Navan, while a number of residences were also searched, including one in Castlebellingham.

A number of vehicles were also seized during the operations, with a 9mm hand gun amongst the items recovered.

The operation and investigation is ongoing at present although the 43-year-old woman has since been released without charge. The 49-year-old man is still being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.