Wednesday 22 November 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Nobody emerges with credit from Boston College fiasco

The attempt to create an oral history of the Troubles has led to a legal tug of war, writes Ruth Dudley-Edwards

THERE is a huge row going on at the moment in which the main dramatis personae include -- in no particular order -- Boston College (a highly successful Jesuit-run university which funded the Belfast Project -- tapes of interviews with retired paramilitaries); Ed Moloney (who covered the Troubles for southern media and wisely moved to New York before he published A Secret History of the IRA); Seamus McKendry (whose mother-in-law, Jean McConville, was murdered and disappeared by the Provos); and Gerry Adams, named by bitter ex-Provos the late Brendan 'Darky' Hughes and Dolours Price as having ordered the murder of McConville.

The issue is whether Boston should cough up to the US Department of Justice the interviews requested by the PSNI'S Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

Here are a few of the analyses floating around:

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