Saturday, March 05, 2005

Terror in Dublin

Danny Morrison, in the Guardian, 5 March 2005:,3604,1431004,00.html

"The British government refuses to cooperate with the Irish government in its investigations into the Dublin and Monaghan car bombs, which killed 33 people. Only 17 pages of the 3,000-page report by the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner John Stevens into allegations of collusion between British intelligence and loyalist paramilitaries were published."


1993 Yorkshire TV documentary, “Hidden Hand” :

The programme asserted that the complexity of the attack and the characteristics of the explosions indicated training and planning beyond the capacity of loyalist forces acting unaided and strongly implied that the security forces in the North had likely helped the attackers. Pointing to a covert unit of the British Army in Castledillon, the programme makers suggested that the attack had been allowed to happen in order to protect British Army agents in the UVF. The allegations revolved around Army Captain Robert Nairac. “Hidden Hand” stated that McConnell, Boyle and “the Jackal” were controlled by Nairac. Hanna, meanwhile, was allegedly run separately by the British Army from Lisburn and 3 Brigade HQ in Lurgan....

"Colin Wallace was framed for manslaughter in 1981 by the British judicial system in reprisal for his exposure of black propaganda used against non-military and political opponents of army policy and a plot from within the MI5 intelligence services to bring down the Wilson Labour government. He also exposed child abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home, demanded it be stopped, and protested when he realised that the intelligence services were blackmailing a leading loyalist involved in the abuse to ensure his assistance in their efforts at manipulating the loyalist gangs.
Wallace’s conviction was not quashed until 1996."


Yorkshire Television's 'First Tuesday' documentary claimed British Military Intelligence was involved in the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings .

"The Yorkshire Television claim is supported by several professional analysts, including a former Garda Commissioner and a former head of the British Army's EOD network, Lieutenant Colonel George Styles."


"In April 1999 it was reported that the Garda Special Branch were looking at fresh claims by a former member of the RUC that British military intelligence and the UDR were involved in the bombing...

"David Seaman claimed at a press conference in Dublin that he was a member of an SAS unit that was detailed to cause explosions to discredit the IRA. He was soon found shot in the head..

"As soon as Labour won the February 1974 election, MI5 began destabilising Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his policies in Northern Ireland. In May 1974, the Power-sharing Executive was brought down by the Ulster Workers' Council strike - with the help of MI5 and the Loyalist paramilitaries.

"Two days into the strike, Loyalist paramilitaries exploded car-bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, without warning, during the evening rush-hour, killing 33 civilians - 26 in Dublin and 7 in Monaghan. To date, these bombings led to the largest loss of life in the conflict over the last 26 years.

"At a press conference in Dublin in March 1989, Irish journalist Frank Doherty noted that the bombings happened during the high-point of efforts by MI5 to bring down the Power-sharing Executive. He also said that he had been told in 1974, by a former British soldier, Albert 'Ginger' Baker (also a member of the MRF), that the bombings were 'definitely an Intelligence job' Baker had a been a member of the Loyalist unit that had carried out the bombings, and Doherty claimed that it was a pseudo gang formed as a front by British Intelligence."


Sir John Stevens' report on his third investigation into matters of collusion in Northern Ireland:

The report has found that a covert army unit, the Force Research Unit (FRU), commanded by Brigadier Gordon Kerr, colluded with Loyalist hit-squads to kill Catholics in the 1980s and 1990s. The FRU passed information to Loyalist terrorists, mainly through Brian Nelson, an agent who infiltrated the Ulster Defence Association. Many of the victims had no involvement with terrorism. Details passed to the Loyalist hit-squads included those of Pat Finucane. Brigadier Kerr is still serving with the British army.

John Stephens said that he was obstructed throughout his enquiries. He said that the collusion ranged from the wilful failure to keep records, the absence of accountability, the withholding of intelligence and evidence, through to the extreme of agents being involved in murder.


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