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Martin McGuinness denies contact with Smithwick Tribunal

By Alan Murray

Martin McGuinness has denied reports circulating in Dublin that he has made contact with the Smithwick Tribunal to discuss the possibility of appearing at it.

A spokesman for the Deputy First Minister said last night that there was “no truth at all” in reports circulating at the tribunal that he had contacted its lawyers.

Last week Mr McGuinness denied suggestions he was Officer Commanding of the IRA’s Northern Command when two senior RUC officers were murdered.

Former army intelligence officer Ian Hurst told the tribunal that he understood that in 1989 Martin McGuinness was the O/C of Northern Command and would have had to sanction the ambushing of Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan at Jonesborough on their return from Dundalk Garda Station.

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