Row over Boston tapes identities

Published Sunday, 28 July 2013
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The controversy surrounding the Boston College interviews has taken another twist after those involved refused to identify three IRA members who took part in the project.

Row over Boston tapes identities
Jean McConville, who disappeared in 1972, pictured with three of her children. (© Pacemaker)

The tapes were obtained by the PSNI under a court order in connection with the investigation into the death of Jean McConville - one of the so-called Disappeared.

Earlier this month, two PSNI detectives travelled to the US to bring back excerpts of interviews carried out at Boston College as part of their inquiry into the murder of the west Belfast woman in 1972.

The interviews were carried out by journalists Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre and the project was overseen by the college.

A court ordered the college to hand over the material following the death earlier this year of one of the interviewees, former IRA bomber Dolours Price.

The police want to review the interviews conducted with Price.

It is believed she alleged that Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams personally ordered the IRA abduction of the Belfast mother of 10.

Mr Adams has always denied the allegations.

In the latest twist, it has emerged that Boston College cannot identify three of the interviewees.

The Sunday Times newspaper has reported that a lawyer for Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre, who conducted the interviews, wrote to the college declining to help.

He is quoted as saying his clients' obligations to the interviewees require them to resist any attempts to help identify those who are still alive.

Writing on his blog, Mr Moloney suggested the revelation means that almost half of the nine interviews given by IRA members are now of questionable legal value.

He has suggested one of the interviewees was Dolours Price but said it was not known whether her original contract authenticating the interview was lost or never collected from researchers in Ireland.

It's reported that researchers could face legal action by the US Government for the entire set of interviews to be handed over.

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11 Comments
Eileen Blake in US wrote (481 days ago):
I was a Belfast evacuee from 1972. I would like to know the history and read the interviews. I have no idea what went on and why I was evacuated. I lived on Liffey Street and would love to know more about why and what happened.
Nick Kent in Belfast wrote (481 days ago):
Gavin in Ballymena."We all know that the majority of SF where IRA members" - No we don't. If you have information on every single SF member and their membership of the IRA please put it forward or perhaps you are believing what those famous Belfast street dogs are telling you? The issue at stake here is about freedom of an independent press and journalistic integrity. No one will ever speak to any journalist if they think that they will be arrested for doing so.
Ric in Tyrone wrote (481 days ago):
Surely this is information, on terrorist acts, why is it being withheld.
Gavin in Ballymena hey wrote (481 days ago):
@dorothy in kansas. Yes your right he did do that which was wrong. Also being a yob and vandalising is a bit different than being a terrorist and blowing people up.
Marty in Singapore wrote (481 days ago):
How many people on here have actually had a chance to read the book? I think the tapes should be left as was agreed. They die.. It's published. Many people might actually get some truth and closure. I honestly can't see how the police can prosecute... More people on all sides should tell there story to Boston college.
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