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'Tell what you know about RUC killings, McGuinness'

A SOLICITOR representing the family of a senior RUC officer murdered by the IRA has urged presidential hopeful Martin McGuinness to provide any information he has to the Smithwick Tribunal.

The Tribunal is investigating whether there was a garda leak leading to the killing of two RUC officers.

RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan were ambushed and killed by the IRA shortly after attending a meeting in Dundalk Garda Station on March 20, 1989.

John McBurney, representing the Breen family, told reporters that the media had reported that Mr McGuinness said he was ashamed at the Enniskillen bombing.

Mr McBurney said he would pose a question to Mr McGuinness as to whether he was ashamed of what happened in the killing of the two RUC men.

"Does he have any information or evidence to offer to this Tribunal and, if so, is he prepared to do so under the same protection offered to all other witnesses?" Mr McBurney asked.

"I understand that information has been supplied to the Tribunal which at least indicates he may have some knowledge of matters touching on the Tribunal's terms of reference," Mr McBurney said.

Mr McGuinness said last night he had no knowledge of the south Armagh killings but would give evidence if called upon.

The Sinn Fein presidential candidate was also dragged back into controversy over other IRA atrocities, including he Enniskillin bombing and the death of IRA informer Frank Hegarty.

Last night, the Sinn Fein candidate was joined by political, sporting, cultural and business figures from Derry at a rally, before he started four weeks of intensive bus campaigning across Ireland.

Fr Michael Canny and Rev David Latimer of the First Derry Presbyterian Church read a joint statement in support of his bid, as well as players from both the Derry GAA team and Derry City FC.