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Wife of ex-IRA member fears retaliation

Argues against release of BC files

The wife of a former member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army said in a court filing yesterday that her family could be harmed if Boston College complies with an order to turn over interview transcripts of a former IRA member to federal prosecutors in Boston today and if additional materials are released in the future.

“As a result of Anthony being labeled an informer because of his previous work at Boston College, I live in constant fear of some form of IED being lobbed into the house or of him being shot in the street,’’ said Carrie Twomey, the wife of Anthony McIntyre, a former IRA member who conducted interviews for the Belfast Project.


The project, conducted at BC, chronicled the period in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles, in which more than 3,000 people were killed in the armed struggle for control of the region.

McIntyre and Ed Moloney, the project director, promised interview subjects anonymity until they died.

But on Tuesday, a federal judge in Boston ordered BC to turn over materials relating to interviews with former IRA member Dolours Price to federal prosecutors, who subpoenaed those items and others on behalf of British authorities investigating the 1972 disappearance and killing of Jean McConville, a mother of 10 in Belfast.

The release of the materials to law enforcement will infuriate former IRA members, who have already threatened McIntyre and Twomey, she said, and excrement has been smeared on the car and front door of a neighbor.

“I have no doubt but that this was intended for us,’’ she wrote in an affidavit included in a motion that McIntyre and Moloney filed yesterday asking for a stay to the court order on the Price documents, pending their appeal of a separate order barring them from acting as intervening parties in the case.


A spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office in Boston declined to comment on the appeal late last night, because she had not yet seen the filing.

Prosecutors have argued that a treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom requires the countries to share information that would help solve open criminal investigations.

“My husband has been publicly labeled as an informer, the most dangerous pejorative in the Irish republican vocabulary,’’ Twomey wrote.

“The stress levels on my family have soared, and I fear that our persecutors will not get the wrong house next time.’’

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.