Top IRA sniper 'killed my wife'
Published 06/03/2011 | 05:00
a former tax inspector whose wife was shot dead in her home in Dublin with one of her husband's guns has made the shock claim that the killer was a former IRA sniper.
The 1992 murder of Grace Livingstone, whose husband James was one of Ireland's most senior tax officials at the time, was the subject of a renewed, though unsuccessful, investigation by garda "cold case" detectives.
Mr Livingstone has revealed that he now believes his wife was killed by the ruthless IRA man, who was based in South Armagh.
He said he believed the murder was "ordered" by a top Provo IRA boss who he was targeting at the time for the proceeds of crime, including cross-border racketeering.
"I believe he directed the individual to kill either me, or my wife, to prove he was good enough to be allowed access to the secret Provo unit that was behind all the subsequent sniper killings in the North."
Mr Livingstone said yesterday he firmly believed he knew the identity of the sniper, who, he claims, resides in a border town in the Republic. He also revealed he had met the man he suspects in a Co Monaghan pub.
"He was standing right there in front of me in the bar... I have also actually since written to him, but I got no reply," he said.
The murder of Mrs Livingstone, at her home in Malahide, Co Dublin, on December 7, 1992, shocked the country.
She was tied up, beaten, and then shot in the head. Mrs Livingstone's husband, now retired, was then head of the special investigation unit of the Revenue Commissioners.
He was subsequently arrested and held for questioning for two days about the shooting, but later released without charge.