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

Dr. Eamonn T. Gardiner, is a Consulting Historian. He has previously conducted research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans of the First World War serving as Auxiliary Policemen, during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. He has written extensively on British central and colonial administrative responses to popular insurgencies. In 2009 he published 'Counterinsurgency and Conflict: Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War (CSP, 2009).' Published papers include; 'The training of the Irish Volunteers, 1913-1916' (The Irish Sword, 2017); 'Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out: War and Counterinsurgency in the greater Tuam area, 1919-1921' (JOTS, 2015). Research interests include De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism; Insurgency, Police/Military Histories; Institutional Histories; Modern Irish/World History; History of Conflict, Protectorates and Peace-Keeping; Hegemony; Old and New Terrorism.
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