IRA Expert Ed Moloney to Speak On Campus Nov. 20

IRA Expert Ed Moloney to Speak On Campus Nov. 20

Ed Moloney, a veteran journalist and author of the controversial book The Secret History of the IRA, will discuss his two decades of work covering "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Burns Library.

Moloney's talk at BC, which is sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs, will be his only Boston-area appearance.

The former Northern Ireland editor for the Irish Times and Sunday Tribune, Moloney gained unprecedented access to the Irish Republican Army while researching his book. Moloney casts a spotlight on the organization's inner workings and reveals some of its most closely guarded and dangerous secrets. He also offers new details on the IRA involvement of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, whom Moloney has nonetheless credited for his role in the Northern Irish peace process.

"There are elements of Adams's character that some people will find distasteful - his ruthlessness, for example - but it was probably that ruthlessness which enabled him to push forward the peace agenda," said Moloney in an interview published last month in The Scotsman. "There's absolutely no doubt the guy is a strategic genius without whom there would have been no peace process."

Adams has denied Moloney's claims that he was a member of the IRA. Sinn Fein, which Adams has headed since 1983, is the political arm of the Irish Republican movement, the IRA the military arm.

"Ed Moloney is an incredibly well informed journalist and also a most courageous man who defied the British Government and inspired Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, and others to rise to his defense," said Executive Director of Irish Programs Thomas Hachey. "Moreover, Ed is a person who has had close ties with people in the nationalist movement in the North for many years and, while fully committed to the peaceful reconciliation of the two communities in Northern Ireland, remains a most trusted professional in the eyes of many of the more militant nationalists and unionists alike."

For more information on Moloney's appearance, contact the Center for Irish Programs at ext.2-6396.

-Sean Smith


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