Thursday 15 November 2018

Mountbatten murder suspects on leaked list

Jim Cusack

TWO of the key figures involved in the 1979 murder of Lord Mountbatten and three others are included in the Northern Ireland Office's 1973 list of IRA suspects living in safe houses along the Border.

Thomas McMahon, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the murders of Mountbatten, 79-year-old Lady Brabourne, Nicholas Knatchbull and Paul Maxwell, both 14, appears on the suspect list along with another leading IRA figure of the time, John Joe McGirl.

McGirl provided safe houses for the preparation of the attack in Mullaghmore in August 1979, an event designed to coincide with the killing of 18 soldiers at Warrenpoint, Co Down.

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