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PSNI to 'review content' of Dolours Price film

A still from the film 'I, Dolours'
Brendan Hughes

THE PSNI has said it will be examining the content of a divisive new film about IRA bomber Dolours Price.

'I, Dolours' – which is to be released in cinemas next month – features interview footage with the leading IRA figure and reconstructions of her life using actors.

Price, who died in 2013, was jailed for her part in the IRA bombing of London's Old Bailey in 1973.

In an interview with The Irish News in 2010, she admitted to being involved in the 1972 murder of west Belfast mother Jean McConville – one of the so-called Disappeared who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.

Two of Mrs McConville's sons on Wednesday picketed a press screening of the film in Belfast.

Jim McConville – who already watched the film at a special screening for relatives of the Disappeared – said he found it "retraumatising" and "in poor taste".

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'I, Dolours' centres on footage of an interview that journalist Ed Moloney recorded with Price in 2010, days after The Irish News's interview.

Dolours Price was jailed for her part in the IRA bombing of London's Old Bailey in 1973

Mr Moloney was director of the 2001-06 Boston College project, in which ex-paramilitaries gave candid interviews on the condition that they would not be published until after their deaths.

The 2010 interview was separate from the Boston project, but it was stored at the college and was seized along with the project's recordings when the PSNI was later granted access through the US courts to its contents.

PSNI detectives had sought access as part of their investigations into Troubles murders and other paramilitary activities.

Asked yesterday if the PSNI had any issue with the seized recording being used in a film, a police spokesman said: "The PSNI are aware of the film 'I, Dolours'.

"The PSNI have had no involvement with this film and its content will be reviewed in due course after its release."

Earlier this week Anthony McIntyre, who worked with Mr Moloney on the Boston College project, said he does not support and declined to take part in his former colleague's new film.

The ex-IRA prisoner said taking part would for him "invalidate" the pair's long-standing criticisms of The Irish News's interview with Price.

They had been critical of the newspaper's interview at the time it was published, saying that Price was mentally unwell.

Mr Moloney, who produced and co-wrote 'I, Dolours', has defended the film's release.

He said he carried out the 2010 interview with Price "because the alternative was that she was going to talk herself into an absolute disaster".

He added that he "made a promise to Dolours that her account of what took place would be made public".

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