Boston College project: Legal appeal over Delours Price interviews

Boston College project: Legal appeal over Delours Price interviews
Police investigating the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville want access to the recordings
BBC News
14 September 2012

A legal appeal to prevent interviews with an IRA bomber from being handed over to the PSNI continues in Belfast on Friday.

The interviews were with former republican and loyalist paramilitaries as part of a history project for Boston College.

Lawyers are appealing the decision in both the US and Northern Ireland to hand over the tapes to the PSNI.

One of the interviews is with convicted bomber Dolours Price.

She agreed to take part on the condition that her account would remain confidential until after her death.

The PSNI is seeking her transcripts as part of their investigation into the IRA murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

Last week, a High Court judge granted a temporary injunction to stop police taking possession of interviews with Ms Price.

Mr Justice Treacy restrained the PSNI from receiving the tape recordings.

The order will remain in place until a legal challenge by one of the researchers, Anthony McIntyre.

Mr McIntyre, a former IRA man turned writer, is seeking to judicially review the police over moves to gain the material for their investigation into the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville – one of the so-called Disappeared.

His lawyers argued that disclosing the transcripts will put his life at risk.

Loyalist and republican paramilitaries gave interviews to Mr McIntyre and journalist Ed Moloney for the college’s Belfast Project, an examination of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Those who took part included Price, who was jailed for her part in a bomb attack on the Old Bailey in London in 1973 which injured more than 200 people.

Recordings were carried out on the understanding that they would only be made public once interviewees had died.

In July, a US appeal court ruled that the Boston College interviews should be handed over to the PSNI.