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LIS 413: Literature of Humanities: Boston College IRA Tapes Update

Dolours Price Found Dead

Dolours Price funeral       FILE - In this file photo dated June 4, 1972 Dolours Price, left, and her sister Marian attend a civil rights demonstration in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Police say Thursday Jan. 24, 2013, Dolours Price, a veteran Irish Republican Army member at the center of allegations against Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been found dead at her home. Dolours Price had alleged that Adams was her IRA commander in Belfast in the early 1970s and was involved in ordering several Catholic civilians to be abducted, executed and buried in secret. (AP Photo, File)

 Ex-IRA woman Dolours Price's funeral takes place



The Debate

Because it’s more important to protect the activities of the “oral history community” than to pursue a murder investigation? I have no idea whether BC is correct about all the possible ramifications about the release of these tapes. But I do know one thing: The college should not be promising confidentiality to people with widely known histories of criminal, if not terrorist, activities.

Who do these interviewers think they are? Are conversations with oral historians now protected like communication with lawyers or religious figures? BC has decided not to appeal the judge’s decision. So for now anyway there is no “oral historian privilege.

Naomi Schaefer Riley

Sources for Futher Information on Confidentiality

What Wasn't Included in the BC Agreement(s)

1.   the word confidentiality

2.   the phrase  "contract guaranteed to the extent of American Law'

3.   notification of the US/UK Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, using the same phrase, "contract guranteed to the extent of the US/UK Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty"


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