Researchers Demand That Boston College Destroy Irish-Conflict Records

Researchers involved in compiling an oral history of the Northern Ireland conflict now housed at Boston College have demanded that the institution destroy records of confidential interviews to keep them out of the hands of British authorities, the Irish News reported Wednesday. In a statement, the researchers accused Boston College of doing too little to fight in court to keep the U.S. government from seizing and handing over to the British records of interviews with former Irish Republican Army members to whom researchers had promised confidentiality. A spokesman for Boston College said it had no intention of destroying the records. The Belfast Telegraph reported on Tuesday that a prominent member of the Protestant loyalists involved in the conflict plans to sue to have his interview records returned.

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