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Inquest into Denis Donaldson murder set for January

A date has finally been fixed for the inquest into the death of a double agent, almost four-and-a-half years after his murder.

Senior Sinn Fein figure Denis Donaldson, who had been operating as a British spy for 20 years, was found dead in his remote home at Cloghercor, near Doochary in Co Donegal, on April 4, 2006.

He had been shot four times inside the cottage, 8km from Glenties.

At a hearing in Letterkenny, yesterday, gardai sought a further adjournment because "substantial progress" was being made in the investigation.

The junior counsel for the State, Stephen Byrne, said that the application for adjournment was bone fide.

"It has all the hallmarks of being a very complex investigation spanning two jurisdictions that is of necessity going to take time," he said.

The coroner set a date for a preliminary meeting to take place between the parties next month in advance of the inquest hearing, which was scheduled to be held next January.

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