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US Supreme Court halts turnover of secret IRA tapes

The tapes were recorded by researchers at Boston College who interviewed a former IRA member.

Dolours Price (left) and her sister Marian at a civil rights demonstration outside Belfast (File photo)
Dolours Price (left) and her sister Marian at a civil rights demonstration outside Belfast (File photo)
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THE US SUPREME Court has temporarily blocked Boston College from turning interviews over to the government that academic researchers recorded with a former IRA member.

The court today suspended a lower court order that the college give the US Justice Department portions of recorded interviews with convicted IRA car bomber Dolours Price. The PSNI want to get the recordings from federal authorities in the US as part of their investigation into the IRA’s 1972 killing of a Belfast woman.

Price and other former IRA members were interviewed between 2001 and 2006 as part of The Belfast Project — a resource for journalists, scholars and historians studying the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The stay granted by Justice Stephen Breyer ends on 16 November if there is no appeal to the Supreme Court.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeatedly denied all the allegations made by Price about his role in the conflict.

Read: Gerry Adams again rejects Dolours Price allegations >

Read: Boston College IRA interviews must be given to PSNI by next months >

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