British subpoena IRA records from Boston College oral archive


Boston College has been subpoenaed by the British government to release secret transcripts of conversations with IRA operatives.

The British are  likely seeking evidence against Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in one of the most controversial killings of the Troubles, that of Jean McConville.

The move is set to inflame Irish American opinion at a time when Queen Elizabeth is on the cusp of an historic visit to Ireland.

Jim Dwyer of The New York Times broke the story in his Friday column for the newspaper.
Jean McConville, a mother of ten, was named as a British informer by the IRA and was shot dead by them in December 1972. She was abducted and her body was buried in a secret location. It was found in 2003.

The British government request was for oral histories of at least two senior figures in the IRA and possibly as many as ten and was granted by a Boston court last week.

The testimony obtained by Boston College was given on the basis that it would be held confidential  until the person or persons died.

That will not now be the case unless Boston College fights  the release of the transcripts which they have given no firm indication they will do.