Monday 20 November 2017

SF 'attack dog' mauls journalist over story on McGuinness meet

But Peter Murtagh's account of his encounter with the republican and IRA 'heavies' is accurate, writes Jim Cusack

Sinn Fein's "attack dog" Danny Morrison launched a blistering attack against a journalist for claiming Martin McGuinness and two republican "heavies" stopped him speaking to the family of a murdered IRA informant in Derry 25 years ago, something which Mr McGuinness says he does not recall.

Speaking from the Belfast office of RTE on Friday's Pat Kenny radio show, former Sinn Fein PR Morrison mounted what was at times a nasty attack on Peter Murtagh of the Irish Times over a story about Murtagh's first encounter with McGuinness.

Murtagh's story in Thursday's edition of the Irish Times stated that he was in Derry in the aftermath of the discovery of the body of Frank Hegarty, an IRA man who had fled the city after fearing he was to be murdered as an informant.

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