Tuesday 24 April 2018

Adams approved IRA spy murder

■ Sinn Féin leader denies BBC claims he broke IRA ceasefire

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

Allan Preston and Niall O'Connor

Gerry Adams sanctioned the murder of Denis Donaldson, the senior Sinn Féin official who was working as a British spy, a former IRA member claims.

Mr Donaldson was killed by a shotgun blast in April 2006 as he opened the door to his cottage in Glenties, Donegal.

He was in hiding after being outed as a British agent of nearly 20 years.

The controversial murder came eight years after the Good Friday Agreement and the accompanying IRA ceasefire.

The BBC spoke to a man who claims to be a former IRA member who was recruited as an agent by RUC Special Branch, identified only as 'Martin'.

He told the broadcaster he knew personally that Sinn Féin leader Mr Adams sanctioned the killing

The BBC said it understood Mr Adams had stepped aside from the IRA army council in 2006, but according to 'Martin' "he is consulted in all matters".

"He gives the final say," the former IRA member said.

A statement from Mr Adams's solicitor has strongly denied the allegations. He said his client "had no involvement and no knowledge whatsover in Denis Donaldson's killing.

"He categorically denies he was consulted on what he calls an alleged IRA army council decision or that he had any final say in the matter being sanctioned."

The BBC said South Armagh IRA commissioned the killing. It was also claimed South Armagh IRA leader Thomas 'Slab' Murphy had "insisted that Donaldson be killed in order to maintain army discipline".

Irish Independent

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