Boston College IRA tapes rehearing bid

Published Monday, 20 August 2012
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Boston College researchers, who interviewed Republicans and Loyalists as part of a recorded oral history project on the Troubles, have lodged papers with an American court seeking a hearing in front of a full appeal court.

Boston College IRA tapes rehearing bid
The Belfast project began in 2001. (© UTV)

Last month, an appeal court ordered that a transcript of an interview with former IRA prisoner Dolours Price should be handed over to PSNI officers investigating the disappearance and murder of Belfast mother of ten Jean McConville.

Her body was eventually found buried near a Co Louth beach in 2003.

In the recorded interview, Dolours Price allegedly discussed the IRA murder of Mrs McConville.

The July ruling was welcomed by the McConville family, but not by Boston College researchers Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre.

They had given their word that tapes and transcripts of the interviews would not be made public while the interviewees were still alive.

A statement released on Monday night, on behalf of Moloney and McIntyre, said: "The application is based on a number of issues of great public interest and constitutional importance, not least that one effect of the First Circuit decision is to give foreign law enforcement agencies greater power over US citizens in respect of subpoenas than could ever be exercised by domestic agencies."

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