THE FUNERAL OF former IRA prisoner Dolours Price is to take place in west Belfast today.
The service will be held in St Agnes Church in Anderstown ahead of a burial at Milltown Cemetery.
The 61-year-old was found dead at her Malahide home last Wednesday night.
Price, a member of the Provisional IRA, was convicted for her involvement in the car bomb attack on London’s Old Bailey courts in 1973.
She spent eight years in jail, including up to 200 days on hunger strike.
Since her release, Price made a number of allegations against Sinn Féin’s President Gerry Adams, claiming he was a commanding officer in the IRA.
Adams reiterated his denial of those allegations again yesterday while speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme.
Although he said he would not attend today’s funeral, Adams said he was “very sad” at her passing.
“I have known her for a very long time,” he said, before extending his condolences to her sisters, brother, sons and friends.
“Dolours was a long time in prison in England. She was also force-fed for over 200 days, and when you consider that and her own personal trials and tribulations, none of what has occurred in terms of her parting ways with Sinn Féin and what she has said should diminish at all her life.”
He also used the opportunity to call for the release of Dolours’s sister Marian from prison in Northern Ireland. She was granted compassionate leave to visit her family yesterday.