Calls are growing for Gerry Adams to answer further questions on his knowledge of those abducted, executed and ‘disappeared’ by the IRA.
The Sinn Fein President appeared on BBC programme The Disappeared and was questioned on what he knows about at least 15 people taken from their families and secretly buried.
Mr Adams, who still denies he was ever a member of the IRA, said he regretted what happened but maintained he knew nothing of the disappearances, which included the shocking abduction of widow and mother-of-ten Jean McConville.
Writing on Twitter after the programme aired on RTE and BBC, Mr Adams said he could be a point of contact for anyone with information about the Disappeared.
“Any1 with any info whatsoever on those who have yet 2 b recovered shud contact Commission,families or me,” he wrote.
On Tuesday morning he responded to some of the angry reaction to the interview he gave during the programme.
He tweeted: “Lots twitter angst since clar on Disappeared. My reason 4 doing clar is 2 help Commission retrieve missing bodies. I will continue that work.”
SDLP MP, and former leader of the party, Margaret Ritchie said Mr Adams, a member of the Irish Republic’s parliament, needs to make clear everything he knows.
“Full and complete disclosure from Gerry Adams and the republican movement on The Disappeared is now required,” she said on Twitter.
Ann Travers, the sister of a woman murdered by the IRA, said the programme had been difficult to watch.
She tweeted: “Last nights ‘disappeared’ documentary was heart breaking, words really fail me, “stay strong” and never give up all the victims families.”
On Tuesday an attempt by TUV leder Jim Allister to raise the matter in Stormont was blocked by the Speaker.
He later said: “Not permitted to raise last night’s devastating programme on ‘The Disappeared’ in Assembly. Can be debated on Nolan, but not in Stormont!”
Other Twitter users called into question Gerry Adams’ political future, saying they felt he ‘squirmed’ when repeatedly asked by BBC journalist Darragh McIntyre how well he knew some of the families of those taken away.
A Sinn Fein politician for Maynooth in Galway tweeted: “ #TheDisappeared is very uncomfortable viewing but we must face what happened on all sides and not bury it like after Ireland’s Civil War.”
Alliance OFMDFM spokesperso Chris Lyttle said the programme had focused on one of the darkest episodes of rhe Troubles.
“This documentary has also raised questions that Gerry Adams has yet to fully answer about what information he has about ‘the disappeared’. There is a need for complete disclosure from all republicans about these harrowing crimes.
“I am deeply saddened that not all of the bodies have been located. I would urge anybody with any information about these murders and secret burials to come forward and contact either the police or the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains.”