Irish American Groups Join Fray to Fight British Subpoenas


September 5  Boston, MA & Belfast, N. I.   Leaders of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish American Unity Conference and the Brehon Law Society have joined in protesting British subpoenas of records/tapes currently held under strict security protocols and access restrictions by the Burns Archives of Boston College.  After a series of meetings, representatives of the groups have agreed that not only are there valid legal arguments for opposition to the subpoenas but also foreign policy and morals grounds for doing so.  “We allege,” stated Belfast Solicitor Eammon Dornan, “that the Attorney General who has the authority to grant or deny the subpoena request, has failed to fulfill his responsibilities under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.  “That treaty,” continued Dornan, “requires AG Holder to review the public policy implications of the subpoenas especially the obligations of other treaties such as the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement of 1998 and the U. S.-U. K. Extradition Treaty.” 

Jim Cullen, spokesman for the Brehon Law Society, acknowledged that other Brehon lawyers and those designated by the AOH and IAUC are in agreement that meetings with U. S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U. S. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA). Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for  Irish Affairs, and others will be now undertaken to fight the release of any records to the British government and/or  whatever rogue or dissident elements of the PSNI may have prompted these subpoenas.  Concluded Cullen:  “There are compelling arguments that this is little more than a political fishing expedition but there are related issues of  the potential endangerment of the lives of researchers Moloney and McIntyre and fundamental fairness.

Concluded Cullen, a retired Brigadier General with the  Army JAG and an attorney with Andersonkill & Co Ltd:  “The British government has spent nearly 40 years refusing to release records of the role of the British Army in the largest atrocity of the entire conflict, the no-warning bombing of Dublin and Monaghan which killed  33 innocent people and maimed another 200 and  refusing to allow independent inquiries of the murders of Solicitors Patrick Finucane and Rosemary Nelson by the very same forces seeking the  Boston College records!!!  Her Majesty’s minions  now demand the U. S. government  snap to and produce  academic records???  We are confident that American jurisprudence and/or the American political process will be sensitive to  these ironies and will provide relief  or redress from this outrageous corruption of law and justice.”

For more information please contact Eammon Dornan at or Jim Cullen at (212-278-1565)


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