The wife of Anthony McIntyre, a former IRA prisoner and co-founder of the Boston College oral project, has appealed to the US administration to grant their family political asylum.
Carrie Twomey, McIntyre's wife and an American citizen, approached the US administration due to the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) decision to use the interviews as part of their investigations. The PSNI is seeking to obtain the entirety of the Boston College Project, oral history of The Troubles.
Earlier this week it emerged that the investigative news team at the TV network NBC have also requested access to the project’s files, which include dozens of interviews with former paramilitaries, both loyalist and republican. The interviews were given with the understanding that they would not be made public until after their deaths.
Twomey believes that moving to the United States will ultimately save McIntyre’s life.
A source told the Sunday World, “She believes moving to America would be a chance for them to start over and could ultimately save her husband’s life.”
“She fears for his safety, but she also fears for his mental and physical health. McIntyre is under huge pressure and she wants him out of it. She wants to move back to the States and forget about the whole nightmare.”
McIntyre was paid $43,800 a year as a researcher by Boston College. His wife also worked as an assistant researcher on the project.
Last year Judge William Young read the files pertaining to the 1972 murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville. He ruled in favor of the PSNI’s request, however the material they received accounted for only a small percentage of the archive.
A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Detectives in Serious Crime Branch have initiated steps to obtain all the material from Boston College as part of the Belfast project. This is in line with PSNI's statutory duty to investigate fully all matters of serious crime, including murder.”
Recently the PSNI police arrested Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams having gained access to the Boston College oral histories relating to Jean McConville’s murder. He was question by the police over four days before being released. Adams vehemently denies being involved in McConville's murder.
Prosecutors in Northern Ireland have been asked to assess a police file to decide if any charges will be brought against the Sinn Fein president.
Adams claims that the evidence presented against him by the police was based on allegations made by project interviewees, including Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, who are both now deceased.