Monday 20 November 2017

DPP to examine Smithwick findings

RUC officer Superintendent Bob Buchanan was killed in 1989 on the south Armagh border
RUC officer Superintendent Bob Buchanan was killed in 1989 on the south Armagh border

Tom Brady and Sarah Stack

THE Director of Public Prosecutions is to examine the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal into allegations that there was garda collusion in the murder of two senior RUC officers by the Provisional IRA.

The tribunal, which has cost more than €10m, without legal fees being included, has produced a report of more than 500 pages following an eight-year investigation.

Headed by Judge Peter Smithwick, the tribunal focused on the murders of Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan, who were ambushed on the south Armagh border on March 20, 1989, after a regular meeting with senior gardai at Dundalk station.

It was set up after Canadian judge Peter Cory recommended that a public inquiry be held into the allegations of collusion.

Towards the end of the tribunal the PSNI Assistant Chief Constable said his force had been given "explosive" new intelligence, which claimed that several gardai had been supplying information to the IRA.

The final tribunal report was handed over yesterday to the acting clerk of the Dail.

Irish Independent

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