The forgotten man caught in the crossfire
THE Stakeknife revelations have added weight to the belief that a highly-placed IRA informer was able to cover his tracks by ordering the murder of an innocent farmer, Tom Oliver in 1991.
After Tom Oliver was abducted, tortured and murdered by the same IRA internal security unit which is now the subject of intense speculation that it was effectively run by a British army informant, the republican newspaper An Phoblacht published a list of allegations against Mr Oliver. It blamed Mr Oliver, a father of seven young children who had no republican connections at all, for a series of arms finds and arrests against the IRA in the Dundalk-Cooley-south Armagh area.
These allegations have, unfortunately for the Oliver family, come to be accepted fact by some sections of the media and were repeated alongside the Stakeknife stories in the past week.