05/04/2004

McConville inquest to be reopened

An inquest into the death of a Belfast woman murdered 30 years ago is to re-open in the Republic of Ireland today.

The original hearing into the death of Jean McConville was adjourned six weeks ago at the request of some of her family.

They wanted more time to have evidence examined by their own independent experts.

Today's inquest, in Dundalk, Co Louth will call for Gardai files to be released for examining by the family's investigation team.

Mrs McConville was 37-years-old when she was abducted from her Belfast home in 1972 after coming to the aid of a British soldier who had been shot outside her front door.

She was later taken to a beach near Carlingford and shot dead.

Her body was discovered on Shilling Hill beach last August by a man out walking his dog.

She was one of 10 so-called 'Disappeared' who were abducted by the IRA, executed and secretly buried in the early 1970's.

(MB)

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