The Boston College tapes which were meant to provide an oral history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland have been ruled “unreliable” as a veteran Republican was cleared of Jean McConville’s murder. For full story click here.
There has been a lot in the news this week about the arrest of Gerry Adams as a result of disclosures in the Boston College Project. This project interviewed both sides of the conflict in Ireland during what some call "The Troubles". Here is a list of articles including an ABC radio interview which will give you a good picture showing what has happened and why:
Following the arrest of 77-year-old former IRA leader Ivor Bell in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has released a statement condemning the Boston College oral history project, on which Bell’s charges are based. “It is clear that the so-called Boston Oral History project is an entirely bogus, shoddy and self-serving effort by those involved,” he said. For full story click here.
Anthony McIntyre made one thing clear: The project had to remain absolutely secret. If Boston College wanted him to interview former members of the Irish Republican Army, he needed that guarantee. They would be talking about dangerous things—bombings, shootings, and murder. It was June of 2000, just two years after a controversial peace accord ended three decades of conflict in Northern Ireland. Mr. McIntyre, an independent historian, was having dinner at Deanes Restaurant, in the center of this small, working-class city, with an Irish journalist and a librarian from Boston College. For complete story, including interview excerpts, click here.