28/09/2012

Adams Rejects Further IRA Claims

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has rejected further allegations regarding his past involvement in the IRA.

Former IRA bomber Dolours Price made the allegations in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph.

Price was jailed for taking part in the Old Bailey bombing in 1973, in which over 200 people were injured. Also arrested following the attack were Gerry Kelly and Hugh Feeney, among others.

During the interview with the Telegraph, Ms Price claimed the bombing had been sanctioned by Mr Adams: allegations which he has described as “false” and “extremely serious."

"I am not of a mind to trail Dolours Price through the courts", he said in a statement issued yesterday. "She is unwell.”

He added: "While I have considered the possibility of legal action on occasion, in the past, I have been advised by my own legal advisors that such a course would be financially beyond my means."

Ms Price is currently the subject of an enquiry by the PSNI into an interview she gave with Boston College in the US as part of their 'Belfast Project'.

The PSNI are seeking access to tapes of the interviews, held by the College, as part of the investigation into the murder of Jean McConville, who was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1972.

Opponents say the acquisition of the tapes by the PSNI could jeopardise future academic study.

In a statement on Wednesday, the research project’s former director Ed Moloney said Ms Price had not mentioned Jean McConville during the interviews for Boston College.

"The subject of that unfortunate woman's disappearance is not even mentioned. Not once", he said.

(IT)

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