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04-04-06, 04:51 PM #1
Sinn Fein Official-Turned Spy Shot Dead
Sinn Fein Official-Turned Spy Shot Dead
By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 18 minutes ago
DUBLIN, Ireland - A former senior official of Sinn Fein recently exposed as a British spy was found fatally shot in northwest Ireland, police said Tuesday. Denis Donaldson, Sinn Fein's former legislative chief in the failed power-sharing government of Northern Ireland, admitted in December he had been on the payroll of the British secret service and the province's anti-terrorist police for the previous two decades.
He then went into hiding because the traditional
Irish Republican Army punishment for informing is death.
But Ireland's national police said it was not clear whether Donaldson, 55, had been killed or committed suicide. In a statement, the force said the scene around his body in Glenties, County Donegal, was cordoned off for a forensic examination planned for Wednesday.
Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern condemned what he called the "brutal murder" of Donaldson. The IRA said it was not involved in the death.
A Roman Catholic-Protestant power-sharing administration for Northern Ireland — the central goal of the British province's 1998 peace accord — fell apart in October 2002 because of an IRA spying scandal with Donaldson at its heart.
Donaldson, his nephew and a British civil servant all were charged with pilfering documents from inside the power-sharing government that identified potential targets of the outlawed IRA and detailed political opponents' private conversations. Protestants at the time accused the IRA of plotting a potential resumption of its violent campaign to oust Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.
But British prosecutors mysteriously dropped all charges against the trio in early December. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams initially defended Donaldson and the others — but a week later announced that Donaldson had confessed, under questioning by Sinn Fein officials, to being a paid British spy. Within hours, Donaldson admitted this was so in an interview with RTE, the Irish state broadcasters.
The IRA last year declared it was renouncing violence for political purposes and backed the pledge by handing over its weapons stockpiles to disarmament chiefs. Both moves were supposed to spur a revival of power-sharing involving Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party that represents most Catholics in Northern Ireland.
But Protestant leaders have refused to cooperate with Sinn Fein, citing the IRA's refusal to disband and its alleged involvement in a range of criminal activities.
If police determine that Donaldson was killed, it would be certain to fuel the hostility of the major Protestant party, the Democratic Unionists, to cooperating with Sinn Fein.
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair and Ahern are expected Thursday to announce a new blueprint for reviving power-sharing. The joint governments' proposals, which have been 3 1/2 years of diplomacy in the making, recommend that Northern Ireland's legislature reconvene in May and face a Nov. 24 deadline to elect an administration jointly led by the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein.
04-04-06, 06:08 PM #2
Nasty game to be playing..... One group's spy is another group's traitor.
04-04-06, 06:48 PM #3Originally Posted by Stan Switek
Originally Posted by Stan SwitekOriginally Posted by TXCharlie
04-04-06, 06:55 PM #4Originally Posted by Garda
They rarely, if ever publish or air any news regarding Protestant killings over here. It was a real eye opener to me when I spent a month in Ireland in 1998, just before the peace talks. People over here have no idea of the atrocities committed by the pro British faction.
04-04-06, 07:13 PM #5
Oh yeah I know that. The coverage is IRa fixated here as well but no-one seems too be asking the obvious question, why only them?
Honestly? because they are the only ones that are serious about peace. I know thats strange and its not for pure reasons, its financial, they want to get rich AND spend their money not die trying.
Its such a shame there isnt any PSNI officers here.Originally Posted by TXCharlie
04-04-06, 07:23 PM #6FishTail GuestOriginally Posted by Garda
04-04-06, 08:44 PM #7
See if you all were free to have guns then there wouldnt be so many bombings. They could just shoot each other"And don't go home, and don't go to eat, and don't play with yourself. It wouldn't look nice on my highway", Buford T. Justice
#1 Rule in Police: Sometimes its easier to ask Forgiveness than it is to ask Permission
No one knows what it's like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes
04-04-06, 09:44 PM #8Originally Posted by LongTail
The whole thing is nuts.
04-05-06, 11:02 AM #9Originally Posted by Retdetsgt
there was periods where they became more frequent but it was usually 1 psycho (more than usual) going on a rampage.
Originally Posted by LongTail
Originally Posted by wcso234Originally Posted by TXCharlie
04-05-06, 01:38 PM #10Originally Posted by Garda
But this is not something I can argue about because you're there and I'm not. He's my brother in law and we ain't that tight, but he retired from HP as the number 4 or 5 person and not known to lie or exaggerate. In fact, my experience with him is that he's pretty cynical about what anyone tells him. As I said, he was there for several years setting up that plant and getting it going. He had no dog in that fight over there at all.
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04-06-06, 02:29 AM #11
I served there for two years in the military and I can say that both sides are as bad as each other. Every soldier leaves the province wishing they could cast it adrift to be it's own little sland where they can't bother anyone else.
Still fighting battles from 400 years ago never makes sense and when you mix in the organised crime on both sides of the religious divide it's never going to go well.
Then you get foreigners joining in such as the Libyans who were equipping the IRA for a long time or other misguided souls. I was abused by priests, old ladies and members of the NYPD band when I was there. Filled your heart with pride.
Glad to be as far away as I possibly can be.Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is thePack
04-06-06, 08:27 AM #12Originally Posted by brasco1033
Personally I agree with you and at this stage I think Northern Irelands problems need to be resolved by Northern Irish people. Not the Republic or mainland UK.
I wasnt suggesting he lied, merely that it was never as bad as people were making out. Perhaps he was refering to a specific week in which there was a huge amount of activity, who knows except him?Originally Posted by TXCharlie
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