Tuesday 12 November 2019

'No collusion' in RUC men's murder – IRA

Former IRA members have claimed there was no garda involvement in the murder of two senior RUC officers.

Provisionals told a tribunal that Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan were under surveillance for almost a year before they were killed in an ambush.

The Smithwick Tribunal is investigating allegations that three former members of An Garda Siochana passed information to the IRA which led to the killing of the men, shortly after they left Dundalk Garda Station in March 1989.

The three ex-officers deny collusion.

Later at the tribunal, several former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) members denied claims in a 2002 Northern Ireland Office document that they had been aware that "the likely cause of collusion in the Buchanan and Breen case was a senior Catholic RUC officer".

Lady Sylvia Hermon, wife of the late RUC chief constable John Hermon and said to be the source of the allegation, described it as grossly inaccurate and wholly untrue.

Former first minister David Trimble, now Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, former party chair David Campbell, and Jeffrey Donaldson – now a DUP MP – said they had no recollection of the allegation or any knowledge about the double murder.

Ken Maginnis, former UUP security spokesman and now Lord Drumglass, told Judge Smithwick today that he had never heard the claims, despite having close links with the RUC and gardai.

Irish Independent

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