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Gerry Adams again rejects Dolours Price allegations

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader commented on the Sunday Telegraph interview this evening.

Dolours Price (left) and her sister Marian, at a civil rights demonstration outside Belfast in 1972.
Dolours Price (left) and her sister Marian, at a civil rights demonstration outside Belfast in 1972.
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SINN FÉIN HAS reiterated its president’s rejection of all allegations made against him by former IRA convict Dolours Price.

Fresh claims, linking Gerry Adams with the IRA and various terrorist attacks during the Troubles, were made by Price in a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph.

In a statement this evening, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said, “Gerry Adams, who is currently in the United States to attend the Clinton Global Initiative at the invitation of President Bill Clinton, has rejected again, as he has consistently rejected, the allegations contained in the Sunday Telegraph interview.”

The comments came after Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan called on Adams to clarify his position in the Dáil. He said the onus was on the deputy to address the matter because of the “seriousness of these claims”.

“The people of this country have a right to know if there is any truth whatsoever to these allegations,” he added.

McDonald, however, returned that it was “interesting” Fine Gael would “use the statements of an opponent of the peace process in an attempt to undermine the leader of Sinn Féin”.

“By her own admission Dolours Price thinks that the Peace Process should be undermined, should be destroyed,” she continued, claiming that it was an “obvious attempt” by Fine Gael to distract from its own difficulties.

Price was convicted and served seven years in prison for her part in the car bombing of the Old Bailey in March 1973. Hundreds of people were injured in the explosion and one person died from heart failure during the incident. In the interview with reporters Patrick Sawer and Bob Graham, the 61-year-old said that Republicanism is part of her and her sister’s DNA.

My father used to sit us on his knee and tell us stories about how he’d gone off to war in 1939 at the age of 19 to bomb the English.

She says she has made the same allegations against Adams in recordings held at Boston College which the PSNI are fighting to get their hands on.

Read the Sunday Telegraph interview by Patrick Sawer and Bob Graham>

Boston College IRA interviews must be given to PSNI by next month>

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