The IRA has strongly refuted claims by the Police Ombudsman that Jean McConville was not an infomer. According to an Army statement a "thorough investigation" confirmed that Mrs McConville "was working as an informer for the British army". It said the conclusion had been reported to her son, Michael.
"The IRA accepts that he rejects this conclusion," it added. "The IRA regrets the suffering of all the families whose loved ones were killed and buried by the IRA."
This is a hard issue for me, I believe the IRA when it says that it has carried out an investigation and found that Ms McConville was indeed an informer. That however is not the crux of the issue for me.
The IRA killed infomers during the conflict, it happenned and had to happen in order to save other lives and volunteers from jail. Everyone who became an informer for the British knew the consequences that could follow from their actions.
What I find hard to accept/justify is the actions afterwards and the subsequent burials that have added further pain to their loved ones.
I am reminded of the quote from the Easter Proclamation of 1916.
"we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called."
In my opinion the IRA should do all in their power to ensure that all the bodies of the 'Disappeared' are returned to their loved ones so that they can begin to grieve properly.
The IRA should set higher standards for itself than this, I am not critising any Volunteer for what decisions were made in the past as it is not my place.
I am only concerned about the decisions that should be made in the future.