Price claims Adams sanctioned Old Bailey bombing

Price claims Adams sanctioned Old Bailey bombing
Sunday Independent (Dublin)
Sunday September 23 2012

IRA bomber Dolours Price has claimed that Sinn Fein president and current TD for Louth Gerry Adams sanctioned the Old Bailey bombing which killed one man, injured 200 more and got her jailed for eight years.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph she claims:

  • Mr Adams was her ‘Officer Commanding’ in the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional IRA.
  • He was involved in approving an IRA bombing campaign in Britain.
  • He ordered her to drive alleged informers across the border from Northern Ireland into the Republic, where they would later be executed.

Yesterday his press spokesman denied the claims.

“Gerry Adams has consistently denied that he was ever in the IRA,” said his press officer. “Dolours Price is not very friendly towards Sinn Fein these days, she is an anti-peace process republican.”

He added that as Mr Adams has denied that he was in the IRA, by extension he denies the specific charges of directing terrorism made against him.

The latest series of interviews follows the controversy over the ‘Boston College Tapes’ in which Price and another IRA man, Brendan Hughes, implicated Mr Adams as an IRA leader.

However, the tapes were originally recorded by the college on the basis that they would not be released until all the participants were dead.

The PSNI in Belfast have said they want to hear the tapes to help in their investigation into the fate of “the disappeared” — 16 people murdered between 1972 and 1985 many of whose remains have not been located.

The most notorious case was that of Jean McConville, a widowed mother of 10 who lived in the Divis Flats, a republican stronghold in west Belfast, who was abducted and killed in December 1972 because she gave a cup of tea to a British soldier.

Price, who was married to actor Stephen Rea, recently agreed to be interviewed in Dublin by the Sunday Telegraph about what she told the Boston College researchers.

She remains unrepentant about her own IRA activities and remains opposed to the peace process.

She said it was: “A betrayal of the cause, a betrayal of me, a betrayal of anybody he sent out to do any kind of operation, or active service, and you know, who sent me to London? Who sent me to London to blow it up? . . . Gerry Adams. Yeah, fully sanctioned.”

Speaking to reporter Bob Graham, she claimed: “I presented the plan to Gerry Adams and he then had to take it to the whole brigade staff, people such as Ivor Bell.

“They then had to sent it up to the general headquarters staff and then to Sean MacStiofain, then the chief of staff. They had to discuss and sanction it, which they did.”