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Conflicts in Ireland are topic of talk at AOH

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Car­rie McIntyre, the wife of au­thor and former Ir­ish Re­pub­lic­an Army mem­ber Dr. An­thony McIntyre, will speak about her hus­band’s con­tro­ver­sial Bel­fast Or­al His­tory Pro­ject on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., the An­cient Or­der of Hi­ber­ni­ans Di­vi­sion 87, 2171 Wakeling St.

The pro­gram is free and open to the pub­lic.

From 2001 to ’06, McIntyre and Ir­ish journ­al­ist Ed Mo­lo­ney con­duc­ted in­ter­views with many former Ir­ish Re­pub­lic­an and Brit­ish Uni­on­ist para­mil­it­ar­ies who were in­volved in armed con­flict in North­ern Ire­land dur­ing 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. The con­flict, known as The Troubles, ended in 1998 with the Good Fri­day Agree­ment.

McIntyre and Mo­lo­ney col­lab­or­ated with Bo­ston Col­lege on the pro­ject. The re­cor­ded in­ter­views were archived at BC’s Burns Lib­rary. McIntyre and Mo­lo­ney as­sured wary in­ter­view sub­jects that their in­di­vidu­al tapes would be made pub­lic only upon their deaths.

Last year, au­thor­it­ies in North­ern Ire­land, seek­ing to in­vest­ig­ate un­solved crimes re­lated to the con­flict, re­ques­ted that the U.S. gov­ern­ment ob­tain the tapes from Bo­ston Col­lege and sur­render them un­der the terms of the Mu­tu­al Leg­al As­sist­ance Treaty between the U.S. and Great Bri­tain, of which North­ern Ire­land is a con­stitu­ent na­tion.

The U.S. Justice De­part­ment has sub­poenaed BC for the in­ter­views. The col­lege has pe­ti­tioned fed­er­al courts to block the sub­poena. Mo­lo­ney and McIntyre have filed suit to in­ter­vene in the case as in­di­vidu­als. BC has been per­mit­ted to with­hold the tapes pending ap­peals.

McIntyre and Mo­lo­ney have ar­gued that re­leas­ing the tapes to North­ern Ir­ish au­thor­it­ies would jeop­ard­ize the fra­gile peace there and con­tra­dict the terms of the Good Fri­day Agree­ment. Re­leas­ing the tapes also could jeop­ard­ize fu­ture U.S. aca­dem­ic re­search in­to con­tro­ver­sial polit­ic­al sub­jects, they have ar­gued. ••

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