THE decision of the First US Circuit Court of Appeal to order Boston College to hand over taped interviews with former IRA and UVF members poses a threat to the safety of those involved. It also has significant implications for future academic research.
These interviews were recorded for Boston College's Belfast Project and participants were assured they would not be published while they were alive.
British prosecutors want access to the tapes to aid their efforts to investigate past crimes in Northern Ireland. Perhaps the British Government might display unequivocal moral leadership on this issue and lead by example?
Chairman, Irish National Congress