Republic of Ireland US prosecutors seek access to IRA tapes Secret tapes of former IRA members that could implicate Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, in dozens of murders in the 1970s have been demanded by American prosecutors acting on behalf of the British authorities. By Toby Harnden, Washington 10:59PM BST 13 May 2011 A subpoena has been received by Boston College for the tapes of interviews with Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, both one-time senior IRA figures, carried out by researchers for an oral history project. Hughes, a convicted IRA man who was once arrested with Mr Adams, died in 2008. A book Voices from the Grave by Ed Moloney, based on the interviews, quoted him as identifying Mr Adams, who has always denied ever being a member of the IRA, was commander of the IRAs Belfast Brigade in 1972. Jean McConville, a mother of 10, was abducted by the IRA that year under apparent suspicion of being an informer. Her fate remained a mystery until her bones were discovered on a County Louth beach in 2003. In the book, Hughes was quoted as saying: "There was only one man whom gave the order for the woman [Mrs McConville] to be executed. That man is now the head of Sinn Fein." Price, like Hughes, publicly broke with Mr Adams and Sinn Fein in the 1990s in protest at the peace process that led to 1998 Good Friday Agreement. In 2010, she gave an interview to the Irish News, which ran a story stating she was believed to have been privy to details of the final days of Mrs McConville. Related Articles * Real IRA threatens to attack British bankers 14 Sep 2010 A subsequent article in the Sunday Life newspaper stated that Price, a convicted bomber who spent time on hunger strike, had spoken to the Boston College researchers. Mr Moloney said that the names of those interviewed, understood to number more than 50, remained secret until an interviewee died or chose to identify themselves. He would not confirm that Price had been interviewed. The researchers suspect that the target of what appears to be a criminal investigation could be Mr Adams, not least because Hughes cannot be prosecuted because he is dead. Of course, youve got the big lad, said Mr Moloney, referring to Mr Adams. One way or another, hes going to be mired in the whole thing. Anthony McIntyre, a former IRA prisoner who carried out interviews of republicans for the project, said: This is coming from some element of the British establishment and it seems to be a mixture of police and political agendas. I would say that to some extent theyd like to make it uncomfortable for Adams. Boston College has said it is seeking more information about the subpoena before making a decision about how to respond. Mr Moloney said: I presume and hope and expect they will fight this thing. Mr McIntyre noted that Owen Paterson, the Northern Ireland Secretary, had praised the oral history project during a visit to Boston College. How can there be a truth recovery process if this happens? Theyre trying to scuttle the whole thing. john Always believed he led the Belfast Brigade.