IRA victim’s daughter calls for public release of Boston College tapes
Helen McKendry makes request to US Attorney General
The daughter of a murdered IRA victim has called for the Boston College tapes to be made public.
Helen McKendry’s mother Jean McConville was abducted from her home in the Divis Flats complex in Belfast in 1972.
Her body was eventually unearthed years later on a beach in County Louth.
Details relating to the case were discussed by six of those interviewed by Anthony McIntyre and Ed Maloney on behalf of Boston College.
McIntyre and Maloney are attempting to block demands by the British government that the tapes – made as part of the Peace Process on condition that they remain under lock and key for 30 years – are handed over.
McIntyre’s family fear his life will be in danger if the interviews with paramilitaries from both sides of the Northern divide are made public.
A court case relating to the publication of the interviews in America has heard that six of the interviewees in the archive made reference to the murder and disappearance of McConville.
Judge William Young told the court that two of the interviews he had listened to contained information on the murder case.
Some interviews contained references to the death but he claimed it was not possible to say whether the interviewees were repeating stories they had heard or had actual knowledge of the event.
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Judge Young also revealed that two interviewees made reference to what he called a ‘shadowy sub-organisation’ within the IRA in Belfast.
McKendry has now called on the Judge to make the tapes relevant to her mother’s case public.
She told Irish state broadcaster RTE: “I want to know what people had to say about my mother in the interviews.
“There might be someone on the tapes telling the full story, who was actually there. Not knowing what happened is torture.”
Mrs McKendry has also written to the US Attorney General on the issue.
“I have appealed for him to see the family’s side of the story and hand over the interviews to British Authorities as requested,” she added on Irish radio.
“The release of the material will actually enhance the peace process and not threaten it as has been argued by those trying to block the release of the controversial archive.”
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