Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said he made no threat to Michael McConville during their conversations.
Mr Adams said:
“My sole purpose in meeting with Michael McConville was and is to help the family.
I can understand the antipathy they feel toward republicans given the abduction and killing of their mother and the life they subsequently had.
However, I made no threat against Michael McConville and neither did I warn of backlash.
The family have the right to seek redress in whatever way they chose and through whatever avenue is open to them.
This case raises in a very stark way the need for the legacy issues of the past to be addressed in a way that brings closure for victims and their families.