Thursday 8 December 2016

Man arrested over the murder of MI5 agent Denis Donaldson 10 years ago

Cathal McMahon

Published 04/08/2016 | 19:59

Denis Donaldson was found dead at an isolated cottage in Donegal
Denis Donaldson was found dead at an isolated cottage in Donegal

A man has been arrested over the murder of Denis Donaldson ten years ago.

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Mr Donaldson (55), a member of Sinn Féin, was shot dead in April 2006 following his exposure in December 2005 as an MI5 agent.

Last week a man appeared in the Sepecial Criminal Court accused of withholding information in relation to the killing.

Now gardaí have confirmed that they have arrested a second man, who is in his 40s, in connection with the investigation.

He is currently detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended.

Last week Patrick Gillespie (74), with an address at Craigvar St, Glasgow, Scotland, was charged with having in his possession information regarding the involvement of another person in the unlawful killing of Denis Donaldson at Cloghercor, County Donegal.

The house near the village of Glenties, Co Donegal, where former Sinn Fein member and British spy Denis Donaldson lived and was murdered
The house near the village of Glenties, Co Donegal, where former Sinn Fein member and British spy Denis Donaldson lived and was murdered

The charge further alleges that Mr Gillespie knew or believed the information might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of the other person and that he failed without reasonable excuse to discharge that information as soon as it was practicable to a member of an Garda Siochana.

The offence is alleged to have occurred some time between April 3, 2006 and July 26 this year.

Gardaí are appealing to any persons who may have information in relation to this investigation to contact them at the Incident Room at Letterkenny Garda Station at 074 9167100,  the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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