Interviews: The Poison Chalice of Researching the Troubles

By Martin McCleery  – The first point I would like to make is that I am not against oral histories. Indeed, I think they are of great importance. However, in relation to the Troubles I believe they have become, unfortunately, a poisoned chalice. ‘So you are going to conduct research into how individuals could kill during... Continue Reading →

In Defence of Interviews

By Thomas Leahy – It was during my research on the impact of the intelligence war on the Provisional Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) armed and political strategies 1969 to 1998, that I discovered the value of interviews. After studying the available but fragmented archival, memoir and statistical data, for example, it was not apparent that the... Continue Reading →

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