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Supreme Court halts turnover of secret IRA tapes

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Boston College from turning interviews over to the government that academic researchers recorded with a former Irish Republic Army member.

The high court on Wednesday stayed a lower court order that the school give the Justice Department portions of recorded interviews with convicted IRA car bomber Dolours Price. Federal officials want to forward the recordings to police in Northern Ireland investigating the IRA’s 1972 killing of a Belfast woman.

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.

The stay granted by Justice Stephen Breyer ends Nov. 16 if there’s no appeal to the Supreme Court.