A POLITICAL motion by Cllr Oliver Morgan calling for the release of Marian Price from prison has been rejected by members of Dundalk Town Council.
The motion proposed that Dundalk Town Council should call on the Northern Ireland authorites to immediately release Marian Price “on, among others, humanitarian grounds”.
Marian Price was given two life sentences for a car bombing in London in the 1970s.
Cllr Sean Bellew was strongly opposed to the motion.
“What about the 200 people injured and the person who died in that car bombing?” he asked.
“The message that will be sent out by supporting this is that attitudes have not changed here and this town has not moved on.
“In the 1970s she and her comarades had given Dundalk a bad name.
“We have now managed to shake off that image. We have worked hard to get to this point and we don’t want to move back from it.”
Cllr Bellew said his grandfather had worked with the GNR in a time when the town had the highest industrial basis in the country outside of the main cities.
The town was now regaining its possitive image and it was time to leave the dark times of the 1970s behind.
Cllr Mark Dearey also voiced his opposition to the motion.
He referred to the Amenisty International statement on Marian Price which said there was no basis for her release on medical grounds.
“I took my lead from this organisation which has a strong international reputation on arbitration and is held in the highest regard,” Cllr Dearey later stated.
Marian Price was jailed with her sister Dolours for her part in the IRA London bombing campaign of 1973.
She was part of a unit that placed four car bombs in London. The Old Bailey and Whitehall army recruitment centre were damaged with 200 injured and one man died of a heart attack.
They went on hunger strike, were force fed, and then transferred to serve their sentences in the North.
Marian Price has opposed to the peace process, the Good Friday Agreement and the Sinn Féin leadership.
His sister Dolours was found dead in February at her home at Malahide. Marian Price attended her sister’s funeral and then returned to custody at a Belfast hospital.
In interviews given to a Boston College project on the Troubles Dolores Price claimed she drove the car that brought Belfast mother-of-ten Jean McConville across the border to her death by the IRA in 1972.
She also said that Louth deputy and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was her IRA commanding officer at that time.
Deputy Adams has strongly denied this claim.
US-based journalist Ed Moloney who carried out the interviews with Marian Price resisted attempts to have the tapes released to the Police Service of Northern Ireland or made public.
In an interview with RTE he said: “There seems to be an assumption on the part of a lot of people that as soon as someone dies we are obliged to put these interviews up on the shop window for people to gawk at. That is not the situation at all.”
Mr Moloney was director of the Boston College project.