The plot thickens…

Daily Mail photograph portraying Gerry Adams as part of an honour guard for a dead IRA member during the Northern Irish Troubles, c.1970s

Daily Mail photograph portraying Gerry Adams as part of an honour guard for a dead IRA member during the Northern Irish Troubles. (3rd from Left, with glasses).


It could be called the story which keeps on giving and it certainly shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Senior historians presently and previously attached to the Massachusetts based, Boston College, have come out publicly to try and distance themselves and their department from the debacle.


In an open letter, ‘the five academics, who have headed the History Department since the mid 1990s, said all of them were kept in the dark about the Boston Tapes project.

“Successive department chairs had not been informed of the project, nor had they or the department been consulted on the merits of the effort or the appropriate procedures to be followed in carrying out such a fraught and potentially controversial venture,” the letter said.

Peter Weiler, Professor Emeritus and Chair until 2003, told the Irish Independent the project has “tarnished the reputation” of the History Department.

“The project didn’t observe normal academic procedures into projects of oral history. Questions asked were often very leading, and there was no attempt at balance,” he said.

“Where was the academic oversight? Was it a good idea to be interviewing people who were involved in actions considered to be criminal? Serious errors were made,” Prof Weiler added.

In the letter, Prof Fleming, Prof Weiler and colleagues Prof James Cronin, Prof Marilynn Johnson and Prof Alan Rogers added that Mr Moloney and his two interviewers were never employed within their department.’

Watch this space! History is dynamic, until someone starts trying to alter the past….

Thanks to the Irish Independent for the link and content.



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 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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