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'Informer' at centre of Shankill bomb allegations denies allegations

By Staff Reporter

Published 05/02/2016

The aftermath of the Shankill bomb
The aftermath of the Shankill bomb

The republican at the centre of claims that an informer tipped off police about the Shankill bomb has strongly denied the allegations.

Lawyers for the man yesterday issued a statement in which they state that "our client instructs us that the allegations are wholly untrue, without foundation and defamatory of him".

In a statement issued through Ó Muirigh Solicitors, the unnamed man says he believes that the allegations are directed at him, and that they are wholly without foundation.

Denying that he had ever been an agent of the State, the republican figure claimed his life has been endangered by the allegations, and that he has been the target of death threats since the claims were published.

"These scurrilous allegations and reckless journalism have led to death threats being made against me," the statement said.

"I have had to leave my family home to protect my family from attack.

"This situation has been very stressful and upsetting to me and my family."

The unnamed man said he had asked his lawyers not to reveal his identity at this stage, saying he was concerned that this would increase the possibility of an attack on him and his family.

Expressing doubt as to whether any documents linking him to the Shankill bombing existed, the man added: "My legal representative has contacted the Office of the Police Ombudsman on my behalf to lodge a complaint.

"If such a fraudulent document exists I would like their office to investigate whether there has been any police misconduct in relation to circulation of said 'classified document'.

"I also understand from media reports that the families of the victims of the Shankill bomb in 1993 have asked the Office of the Police Ombudsman to investigate this matter.

"My legal representative has also informed the Office of the Police Ombudsman that I will assist that investigation."

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