Conflict & Justice

US Court Rules Boston College Researchers Can't Keep IRA Records Sealed

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Northern Ireland mural 1986 (Photo: John Mullen/Wiki Commons)

The legal battle over an oral history project at Boston College could rattle the fragile peace in Northern Ireland.

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The project collected interviews with former militants with the Irish Republican Army.

British prosecutors want to access the interview records, while researchers want to keep them sealed.

Now a US Court of Appeals has ruled that researchers don't have freedom of speech protection to keep the records sealed. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Andy Martin, who is following the case from Belfast.