Saturday 10 December 2016

So many suspects in an IRA riddled with spies

Whether it was Adams's sidekick Donaldson or a single mother with cancer, no mercy was shown in the deadly hunt for infiltrators, writes Jim Cusack

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

Denis Donaldson, the senior Sinn Féin official and British spy, who was shot in Donegal in April, 2006. Photo: PA
Denis Donaldson, the senior Sinn Féin official and British spy, who was shot in Donegal in April, 2006. Photo: PA

Could Gerry Adams be telling the truth when he insists he didn't sanction the murder of his longtime sidekick and MI5 tout Denis Donaldson?

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It would seem on the face of it that the Provisional IRA had good reason to murder Donaldson, upon whose head blame was laid for almost the entire infiltration of the IRA leadership from the early 1980s onwards.

It was a weird period during which the Provos are known to have murdered no less than 33 men and women for being informers. Anyone with any brains left in the 'Republican movement' knew that the 'military' campaign was lost. The RUC and An Garda Siochana were defeating the Provos at almost every turn and there were very obvious signs the organisation was deeply infiltrated by spies.

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