PSNI moves on Boston College tapes

Published Thursday, 22 May 2014
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The PSNI has "initiated steps" to retrieve all the material from Boston College's Belfast project.

PSNI moves on Boston College tapes
The murder of Jean McConville in 1972 was allegedly discussed in the tapes. (© Pacemaker)

The project's recordings were carried out under the supervision of Boston College researchers Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre.

The discussions known as the 'Boston College tapes' began in 2001 with republican and loyalist paramilitaries to form part of an oral history of the Troubles.

As part of the controversial oral history project, republicans and loyalists recorded their stories anonymously. Their names could then be revealed posthumously.

The Boston recordings are known to include accounts from high-profile figures like the IRA members Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, and the UVF man turned PUP leader David Ervine - all of whom have since died.

A statement released on Thursday afternoon said: "This is in line with PSNI's statutory duty to investigate fully all matters of serious crime, including murder."

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BIG KNUCKLES MAHONEY in Belfast wrote (185 days ago):
Is there nothing in American law, that prevents these so called boston tapes,from being released to the P.S.N.I. The police have a duty to investigate all evidence in all murders etc. But they must know that the tapes would be regarded as hear say and would only have enough on them to warrant an arrest, and question people for a few days. In my opinion the P.S.N.I. could put their time and effort stopping these micro groups. Who are holding the communities to ransom.
D in belfast wrote (185 days ago):
Surely the past should stay in the past...how can ya move forward while looking back? whats more important justice or a peaceful future and if you're answers both then you should consider living in reality which is an imperfect place.
Ricky in CoAntrim wrote (185 days ago):
Good.
Lorna in Belfast wrote (185 days ago):
Yet the PSNI have many failures in their investigations here.....
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