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Friday 20 July 2018

New progress by gardaí in probe into the murder of spy

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GardaÍ investigating the murder of Denis Donaldson, the senior Sinn Féin figure who admitted he had been a British MI5 agent, are making progress towards completing a file on their long-running inquiries.

Two men were arrested in Co Donegal on Sunday and held at Letterkenny garda station.

One of those detained was high-profile dissident republican Gary Donnelly, an independent member of Derry city and Strabane council.

Mr Donnelly had previously been arrested in connection with the murder and released without charge in September 2011.

He was re-arrested after attending a republican commemoration, where he had been a speaker, at Meenbanad, between Dungloe and Kincasslagh.

His arrest was on foot of a district court warrant issued to the gardaí last November.

Released

Mr Donnelly was released without charge yesterday afternoon. The second man, who is in his 30s, was detained separately by gardaí elsewhere in the county.

The two were held for questioning under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, which allowed gardaí to hold them for up to three days.

Gardaí said further inquiries have to be made before they are ready to send a file on the investigation to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought in connection with the murder.

Mr Donaldson was shot dead at a remote cottage at Cloghercor, Doochary, Co Donegal, in April 2006, months after publicly admitting he had been a British agent for more than 20 years.

The Real IRA later claimed it was responsible.

Irish Independent

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