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Written Answers - Northern Ireland Issues

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 78.  Deputy Micheál Martin Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  his plans to bring up the ongoing issue of the sensitive materials deposited in Boston College, that have been ordered by a US District Court to be handed over to the PSNI for criminal investigations, with President Obama during the annual St. Patrick’s Day visit to the USA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16397/12]

 79.  Deputy Micheál Martin Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  if he has previously brought up the ongoing issue of the sensitive materials deposited in Boston College, that have been ordered by a US District Court to be handed over to the PSNI for criminal investigations, with the US Department of State or in correspondence with US authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16398/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I propose to take Questions Nos. 78 and 79 together.

In respect of the Deputy’s two questions on this matter, I am aware that there are ongoing legal proceedings under way in the United States regarding the oral history archive related to the Troubles held by Boston College. An appeal has been lodged by private individuals in relation to this and as this matter is due to be considered by the courts in early April, it would not be appropriate to comment on this matter at this stage.


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