Deputy Adams denies allegations by Dolores Price in newspaper interview

SINN Fein deputy Gerry Adams has rejected claims by former IRA prisoner Dolores Price that he was her commanding officer in the IRA during the 1970s.

SINN Fein deputy Gerry Adams has rejected claims by former IRA prisoner Dolores Price that he was her commanding officer in the IRA during the 1970s.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph newspaper Ms Price made several allegations about Mr Adams including a claim that he was a central figure in the IRA when it launched its bombing campaign in the early 1970s.

Mr Adams has rejected her claims and has also denied that he was in the IRA.

In August Deputy Adams declined to comment on developments in the so-called Belfast Project, the tapes held at Boston College which were handed over to PNSI for investigation into unsolved crimes during the Troubles.

US Court of Appeals ordered that the Boston College must hand over the tapes as they could help an investigation into the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1971.

Jean McConville’s body was discovered at Shellig Beach on the Cooley peninsula in 2003.

The Belfast Project tapes contain interviews by Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre with senior loyalist and republican paramilitaries.

Until now the tapes have locked away in the Boston College Library.

The US Court of Appeals in Boston ruled that the tapes be handed over to the PSNI.

The ruling was based on a treaty signed by US and British governments, which mandates full co-operation in criminal investigations.

The tapes include interviews with ex-IRA members Dolores Price and Brendan Hughes.

In an interview published in Ed Moloney’s book Voices from the Grave in 2010, Brendan Hughes alleged that Mr Adams ordered the abduction of Jean McConville on the grounds that she was an informer.

Mr Adams has always denied any involvement with the Jean McConville abduction and murder.