Category: Tribunals

  • Investigator was given detective’s name

    Smithwick tribunal A garda who conducted a review of garda intelligence records in 2000 following collusion allegations has said he was given the name of one detective to look for in his search of the files. Sergeant Lionel Mullaly said he was told to look for mention of retired detective sergeant Owen Corrigan by Peter […]

  • Garda barrister accuses PSNI of ‘political agenda’

    Smithwick tribunal A barrister representing a former Garda accused of leaking information to the IRA has said that the PSNI had a “political agenda” to promote a collusion finding at the Smithwick tribunal. Jim O’Callaghan SC said that PSNI counsel Mr Mark Robinson’s questioning sought to “undermine” some retired RUC officers while promoting the evidence […]

  • PSNI intelligence points to new Garda as IRA mole

    Smithwick tribunal “Reliable and accurate” PSNI intelligence documents reveal that a garda not “publicly associated” with the Smithwick tribunal passed information to the IRA leading to the deaths of two senior RUC officers in 1989 and was “paid a considerable amount of finance for the information.” The tribunal was set up to look at allegations […]

  • RUC document graded as ‘unprovable’

    Smithwick tribunal A secret RUC intelligence document naming a Dundalk-based detective sergeant as allegedly passing information to the IRA was graded as unprovable, the Smithwick tribunal has heard. The evidence by retired RUC superintendent David McConville, previously given in closed session, was read into the public record at the inquiry today. The tribunal is examining […]

  • RUC document identified Catholic RUC man as ‘likely source of collusion’

    Smithwick tribunal A “senior Catholic RUC officer” was identified as a “likely source of collusion” in the deaths of two senior RUC officers, according to a briefing document read into the record at the Smithwick tribunal. Portions of the heavily redacted document were read into the record by tribunal barrister Mr Justin Dillon SC, who […]

  • Ex-sergeant did not pass on death threat information

    Smithwick tribunal Former garda detective sergeant Owen Corrigan has told the Smithwick tribunal that he did not pass on information to his superiors about IRA plans which led to the deaths of two senior RUC officers in a March 1989 ambush. PSNI barrister Mr Mark Robinson said that by failing to pass on the information […]

  • Barrister says ex-garda was ‘a source ripe for the picking’ by the IRA

    Smithwick tribunal A barrister representing the PSNI has said that a retired garda detective sergeant was “a source ripe for the picking” by the IRA. Barrister Mr Mark Robinson said that in the late 1980s, Dundalk detective Mr Owen Corrigan was “a source that was ripe for the picking” by the IRA. “That is not […]

  • Ex-sergeant admired IRA man’s ‘loyalty’

    Smithwick tribunal A former garda detective sergeant facing allegations of collusion at the Smithwick tribunal has said he respected a convicted IRA member for his loyalty. Ex-sergeant Owen Corrigan said that British agent Peter Keeley (also known as “Kevin Fulton”) who had infiltrated the IRA in Louth, had no loyalties except to money. Mr Keeley […]

  • Agent’s lawyer charges ‘mask slipped’ when Garda spoke of ‘Brits’

    Smithwick tribunal A lawyer for a former British agent said the “mask slipped” when a retired garda detective sergeant accused of collusion referred to British authorities as “the Brits” at the Smithwick tribunal. “What you’re doing by blaming the big bad Brits, you’re playing the Green card,” Mr Neil Rafferty told retired sergeant Mr Owen […]

  • Tribunal hopes to conclude in two weeks

    Smithwick tribunal The Smithwick tribunal into allegations of Garda/IRA collusion hopes to conclude hearing evidence by the end of next week (Friday 21 July) when former detective sergeant Owen Corrigan concludes his evidence. Mr Corrigan has been giving evidence since the beginning of June, but in recent weeks has been limited to two hours a […]