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'The New Yorker' magazine says Gerry Adams ordered London bombings

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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams delivers his keynote speech during the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at the Millenium Forum, Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 7, 2015. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams delivers his keynote speech during the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at the Millenium Forum, Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 7, 2015. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams delivers his keynote speech during the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at the Millenium Forum, Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 7, 2015. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A renowned American magazine has made claims against Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and his role in the 1973 IRA bombing campaign of London.

'The New Yorker' reports that Mr Adams, who has always denied being a member of the IRA, was present during the planning of bombings.

The feature article, dubbed ‘Where the bodies are buried’, rehashes claims made by former IRA member Dolours Price who says that Mr Adams presided over a meeting of IRA bombers in Belfast as they plotted the 1973 London bombings.

The IRA campaign saw more than 35 bombs planted in the UK capital over the next 12 months.

“Several former volunteers confirmed this to me,’ said author Patrick Radden Keefe, who claims that Mr Adams approved the operation but warned that there could be a public backlash against the campaign.

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Dolours Price

Dolours Price

Dolours Price

According to a forensic, year-long, 15,000-word investigation by the respected New Yorker magazine, the plans for the co-ordinated bombing of Central London had been made months earlier at a secret meeting in Belfast, chaired by none other than Mr Adams.

In a 15,000 word expose from the reputable publication, the details of the kidnapping and murder of mother-of-ten Jean McConville are recounted.

The 37-year-old widow was forcibly taken from her home in front of her children by four men and four women wearing balaclavas.

A week later, a young man called to the family apartment and handed in Jean's purse and her wedding rings. She was never seen again.

The Sinn Fein leader was arrested last year in connection to the 1972 murder but has always denied having played any part in her disappearance.

"I had no act or part to play in either the abduction, the killing or the burial of Jean McConville or, indeed, any individuals," he said at the time.

Jean's son Michael McConville said he knows who her killers are but will not give up their names for fear of retaliation.

“If I told the police now, one of my family members or one of my children would get shot by these people,” he said.

The article goes on to name Mr Adams as having been a senior member of the IRA and the military commander responsible of the Belfast Brigade.

It also claims he dispatched IRA members to New York to procure assault rifles for use against the British Army.

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