College prepared to return NI tapes

College prepared to return NI tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27286543

A very worrying possible direction for archival material. Regrettably the highly emotive case of the McConvilles could ignite passions concerning the keeping of incindiary archival records.

The difficulty for historians and especially historians of complex insurgencies is that oral histories are a vital source of information. But given recent prosecution (sometimes extrajudicial and illegal hounding of combatants by security forces) of ex-Paramilitaries, one wonders does this mean that ex-RUC and ex-soldiers are going to be interviewed about the abuses they committed and ordered during the troubles?

The government on both sides of the border perhaps do not realise just what a minefield they are getting into by setting this precedent. Realistically speaking if you’re allowing the arrest of politicians on grounds of allegedly ordering kidnappings/murders, on the grounds that an interview exists in which said individual was implicated in said attack, then one must logically accept the fact that members of the British Army’s MRF recently interviewed by the  Panorama programme, should be arrested and interviewed.

General Frank Kitson, Mike Jackson, et al should be concerned if this is the path the PSNI and possibly the Historical Enquiries Team is willing to go down. What is it they say about tides and boats rising?

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About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at https://eamonntgardiner.wordpress.com/ My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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