Friday 19 January 2018

Jim Cusack: Dublin gardai didn't trust Dundalk and kept them in the dark for years

The Smithwick Report into the murders of two RUC officers in south Armagh found that garda collusion with the Provisional IRA was not confined to just this tragic incident

The scene following the IRA murders of senior RUC officers Harry Breen, left, and Bob Buchanan in south Armagh in 1989
The scene following the IRA murders of senior RUC officers Harry Breen, left, and Bob Buchanan in south Armagh in 1989
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

THE single most striking instance of IRA infiltration of An Garda Siochana does not appear in the bulk of the Smithwick Report into the murders of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan. It appears later in the report's examination of garda intelligence files on subsequent matters concerning the IRA in north Louth.

On Friday, January 26, 1990, almost three years after the murders of Breen and Buchanan, a direction was given from the Crime and Security Section at Garda Headquarters in Dublin for a search to be carried out on the home of Micky McKevitt, then quartermaster of the Provisional IRA, in Blackrock, just south of Dundalk.

A fax was sent from Garda HQ to Dundalk garda station for McKevitt's home to be raided early the next morning on the grounds that HQ had intelligence, based on the tapping of his phone, that McKevitt had fake passports.

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