Thursday 22 March 2018

Gerry Adams allegations raised on BBC show will be investigated if reported - Garda chief

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Robin Schiller

The Garda Commissioner has said that allegations raised in relation to Gerry Adam's alleged involvement in the murder of a British spy will be investigated and "appropriate steps taken thereafter".

Noirin O'Sullivan was speaking at a ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary this morning where Detective Garda Adrian Donohue will be posthumously awarded the Scott Medal - An Garda Siochana's highest honour.

Det Garda Donohue was shot dead by a five-man gang at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co Louth on January 25, 2013.

Speaking to reporters before the ceremony, when asked if Gardai would investigate the claims made by the BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight programme in relation to the murder of Denis Donaldson, Commissioner O'Sullivan said: "Any matters brought to the attention of An Garda Siochana will be investigated fully and any appropriate steps will be taken thereafter."

The programme alleged that Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams sanctioned the murder of Denis Donaldson, who was an IRA member acting as a double agent for MI5.

Mr Adams strenuously denied these claims and previously stated that he will consider legal action in relation to the allegations.

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