Boston College Offers To Return Belfast Tapes

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Boston College is offering to return audiotapes of people interviewed for an oral history on the Northern Ireland conflict.

The college said it will turn over any original Belfast Project tapes to those who were interviewed and request their tape. A spokesman said the college won't retain copies or transcripts of any returned tapes.

The college said since litigation with surrounding British subpoenas of some of the material has concluded, the school believes it's "the appropriate course of action."

Subjects agreed to speak about their IRA careers on condition the interviews would remain sealed until their deaths

Detectives who fought Boston College for access to the tapes used information from them to arrest Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for questioning about the 1972 IRA killing of a Belfast widow. Adams has denied involvement and has been released.