Saturday 18 November 2017

Taoiseach describes Smithwick Tribunal findings as shocking

Lise Hand in Tokyo

The Taoiseach has described the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal as "shocking". Speaking in Toyko today, Mr Kenny said it is "a revelation of another dark patch in Ireland's recent history".

And he endorsed the apology by Justice Minister Alan Shatter on behalf of the Government "fully and without reservation", adding that he may meet with the families involved "if that's appropriate in due course".

THE Garda force has been rocked by the findings of the report that unidentified members colluded with the Provisional IRA in the murder of two senior RUC officers following a cross-Border police meeting in Dundalk.

Successive garda commissioners and their senior advisers have repeatedly dismissed claims the IRA received a tip-off from a member of the force which led to the ambush of the two men in south Armagh as they returned from Dundalk on March 20, 1989. But in the €10m report which took eight years to complete, Justice Peter Smithwick found that information about the meeting had been passed onto the IRA.

Irish Independent

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