Monday 18 December 2017

Sinn Fein's dismissal of Boston College tapes is utter hypocrisy

SINN Fein is among the many individuals and groups who rightly argue that the contents of the Anglo Irish Bank Tapes, revealed by this newspaper, must be promptly and fully investigated. But the party is not at all as keen to see the contents of another set of tapes – the so-called Boston College tapes – examined and discussed.

Ten days ago, Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald was asking in Dail Eireann why certain, key people around Ireland's banking system 'sang dumb' about the Anglo Tapes. Ms McDonald, Sinn Fein's vice-president, is unlikely to pose the same question to her party president, Gerry Adams. We must assume she accepts her boss's insulting assertion, rejected by most other people, that he was never in the IRA.

The Boston College tapes were part of an oral history project on the Northern Ireland Troubles and involved veteran journalist and author Ed Moloney and others. The original idea was that the tape contents would not be released until after the death of the interviewees because of the explicit content relating to their involvement in some very serious crimes.

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