Agent campaigns for fellow supergrass Raymond Gilmour funeral costs
Former agent Martin McGartland has launched an online fundraising effort to pay for the funeral of former IRA supergrass Raymond Gilmour.
The Belfast man - who infiltrated the Provisionals - set up a JustGiving page and has donated £1,000.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, McGartland said he feared Gilmour would receive a pauper's funeral. The fund has a target of £5,000.
The Derry supergrass, who was living on disability benefit, was found dead at his home in Kent last Thursday. He was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. He is believed to have died from natural causes.
His badly decomposed body was discovered by his 18-year-old son.
McGartland said: "I haven't much money but I've contributed what I can to the fund.
"I am determined that Raymond gets the funeral he deserves. I am hoping that ordinary people can give a fiver or a tenner.
"And I'm challenging MI5 to donate money, either directly or indirectly, to ensure that one of their foot-soldiers gets a decent burial.
"Given how scandalously they treated him over the years, that is the very least they can do.
"The way things stand at the minute, Ray is going to be dropped into a hole in the ground without even a headstone."
McGartland accused unionist politicians of not rallying around his friend in death. The Sinn Fein group leader on Belfast City Council, Jim McVeigh, said that Gilmour's death had "made" his day.
McGartland said: "I know Flash McVeigh and I'm not surprised by what he said.
"But I am shocked that there hasn't been statements from politicians in other parties condemning him.
"If he said that about anyone else who died, there would be uproar.
"Ray saved lives and he is not getting the respect he deserves."