FORMER SINN Fein publicity director Danny Morrion says he has unearthed evidence that author Ed Moloney was out to ‘Get Gerry Adams’.
Morrison, a former IRA prisoner, had accused Moloney of using his Boston College ‘Belfast Project’ as a cover to target Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.
Former Sunday Tribune reporter Moloney denied this was the real truth behind the Belfast Project which interviewed one-time senior IRA figures which were later published in a book called ‘Voices From The Grave’.
And to reinforce his case, Moloney issued a press statement on September 14, which coincided with an affidavit to the High Coufrt in Belfastf, to outline his view of the Belfast project saying it proved he was not out to ‘Get Gerry Adams’.
He added: “Incidentally all this nails the lie that the Belfast Project was established to “Get Gerry Adams” as people like Niall O’Dowd and Danny Morrison have alleged.
“As this episode demonstrates, no interviewees were ever put under pressure to implicate him or anyone else in IRA activity.”
However, according to Morrison, the journalist has now changed his story according to a blog Moloney penned between last Thursday, October 18 and Monday, October 22 this week.
In an exchange with Belfast born journalist Walter Ellis, who worked for the Telegraph and Times newspaper groups in London, Morrison says Moloney “reveals that getting Adams was part of his sham historic project!”
The blog states:
MOLONEY: Ah Walter! I had thought you dead and gone. Never a losing cause, just keeping my promise to people. If I do have an obsession it is with outing liars, which is why I write about Lance Armstrong! There is another outrageous liar with whom we are both familiar, me perhaps more than you. Wears a beard and used to puff on a pipe a lot. Write about him too. Suspect he may be heading for an Armstrong-like denouement as well.
WALT ELLIS: I’m not dead yet. It just feels that way. I hope you’re not suggesting that a certain one-time barkeep, for whom power was the ultimate performance-enhancing drug, will one day soon be stripped of his many titles.
MOLONEY: a former barkeep with a power complex? who could you possibly be talking about?
Morrison believes the only person Moloney was talking about was Gerry Adams, a former city centre barman.
Last week, the US Supreme Court temporarily blocked Boston College from handing over interviews with a former IRA member to the American government.
The high court stayed a lower court order that the college give the Justice Department portions of recorded interviews with convicted IRA bomber Dolours Price.
Federal officials want to forward the recordings to police in Northern Ireland investigating the IRA’s 1972 killing of Belfast woman Jean McConville.
The stay granted by Justice Stephen Breyer ends on November 16 if there’s no appeal to the Supreme Court.
Price and other former IRA members were interviewed between 2001 and 2006 as part of The Belfast Project — a resource for journalists, scholars and historians studying the long conflict in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles.
However it has since emerged that Moloney has exclusive commercial rights to all the tapes which means he can turn them into books.
Moloney, one of the journalists who worked on the Belfast Project said: “We have a victory at the Supreme Court.”
He added: “Our lawyers, Eamonn Dornan, JJ Cotter and Jonathan Albano have won a fantastic victory at the US Supreme Court with the approval of Justice Stephen Breyer that our request for a stay of the handover of interviews from the Belfast Project archive at Boston College be granted and extended until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case. ”
The text of the US Supreme court ruling states: “IT IS ORDERED that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, case Nos. 11-2511 and 12-1159, is hereby stayed until November 16, 2012.
“If the applicants file a petition for a writ of certiorari on or before that date, then the mandate of the First Circuit is further stayed until the petition is resolved by this Court. Should the petition be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically.
“In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court. If the applicants do not file a petition for certiorari on or before November 16, then the stay shall expire at 5 p.m. that day.”