Sordid sex secrets of IRA chief who became major informer for MI5
In an exclusive extract from his new book 'Crossing the Line', Martin Dillon explains how a leading terrorist - he exposed as a double agent - still went to his grave a hero
I had written that Brendan 'Ruby' Davidson, an IRA commander and hero in the Markets, had been a double agent for British Intelligence. I unmasked him after he had been murdered by a Loyalist hit squad and honoured by the IRA as a hero. Ruby's funeral had all the trappings given to a senior terrorist, and to ensure his legacy he was buried in the IRA's special plot in Belfast's Milltown Cemetery. It is easy to understand why so much anger flowed in my direction after his demise, since a wall mural commemorated him as an IRA martyr.
His reputation was jealously guarded in the years after his death by supporters and later by his nephew, Gerard 'Jock' Davidson, who also became the IRA's commander in the Markets. He spread a tissue of lies throughout Belfast to discredit my revelations about his uncle Ruby. Jock, like many of Ruby's admirers, denied Ruby had a secret sex life. Jock suffered his uncle's fate when he was shot dead in the Markets in 2015.
My friend, Peter 'A', who was a police constable in the Markets, remembered it was 'a wonderful neighbourhood of friendly people until the young became radicalised by the IRA'.