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Family ends long wait to bury mother murdered by IRA

As the Catholic priest prayed at the coffin of Jean McConville, a child’s cries for its mother pierced the stillness of the packed west Belfast church. Mrs McConville’s 10 sons and daughters are long since grown up, with families of their own. It is 31 years since the IRA snatched her from their home, shot her through the head and hid her body on a beach in the Irish Republic. But the baby’s plaintiff wails echo the misery of those orphaned children – their father died just months before their mother was abducted – who, until a few weeks ago, did not know for certain what had become of her. Despite an extensive dig Mrs McConville’s body was discovered by accident, two months ago on Shelling Hill beach, Co Louth. On Saturday, her family got its wish, to give her a Christian burial. Full Story

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