Police to examine Boston College recordings

Police to examine Boston College recordings
by Mark Rainey
The Newsletter
Published on the 17 April 2013

PSNI detectives are preparing to examine the tape recordings of an IRA bomber following the decision of a US court on Monday.

The conversations with Dolours Price were recorded as part of Boston College’s oral history Belfast Project.

Price, who was 61, died in January.

Project director Ed Moloney and former IRA member Anthony McIntyre conducted the interviews between 2001 and 2006.

Last year, they challenged a decision by US authorities to facilitate the release of the Price tapes to the PSNI.

In the latest development, the US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal against the lower court’s decision.

Yesterday, a PSNI spokeswoman said: “We are making plans to take possession of the material and proceed with our inquiries.”

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson welcomed the decision.

He said: “These could well contain vital information relating to despicable crimes including the abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

“Hopefully justice for the McConville family can now follow this decision.”

In a statement yesterday, Moloney and McIntyre conceded that the legal challenge was “almost over” but said political pressure would continue. The statement added: “All of those involved in this campaign can be assured that it is not over yet.”