CONCERNS were raised 30 years ago about a suspected shoot-to-kill policy by the North's security forces, according to newly-released government papers.
Independent Dublin TD Tony Gregory raised the issue in the Dail following hard-hitting statements by senior Catholic churchmen, politicians and other community leaders on the northern side of the Border. The affair centred on allegations that both police and army personnel had adopted "a new policy of summary execution".
Northern Ireland Secretary James Prior later denied there had been any change of policy. But he conceded he was "extremely worried" about the effect shootings had on relations between the police and the Catholic community.