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IRA bomber held over queen fears

CONVICTED IRA bomber Marian Price was back in jail last night after a courtroom claim that she threatened to disrupt the queen's visit to Ireland.

Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson signed a new order sending her to prison as she appeared in court in Derry accused of encouraging support for an illegal organisation, following a dissident republican rally in Derry on Easter Sunday. Although she was granted bail, Price (57) was immediately rearrested by police after the court heard of fears she would get involved in threats to disrupt the queen's visit.

Price, of Stockman's Avenue, Belfast, denies addressing a meeting to encourage support for the IRA at the city cemetery in Derry on Easter Monday.

The charge relates to a commemoration rally organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, which provides political advice to the Real IRA, of which Price is secretary.

Price, whose name was given in court yesterday as Marian McGlinchey, was jailed for the IRA bombing of the Old Bailey in London in 1973.

She was released from prison in 1980 on medical grounds.

Irish Independent