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Man due in court over murder of Denis Donaldson

Published 28/07/2016

Shot: Denis Donaldson
Shot: Denis Donaldson

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of former Sinn Fein official Denis Donaldson.

Sinn Fein's former senior administrator turned British agent Donaldson was shot dead at a remote cottage in Doochary, Co Donegal, on April 4, 2006.

On Tuesday two men were arrested in Co Donegal.

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A man in his 70s is due to appear before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Thursday afternoon.

The second man in his 40s has been released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Donaldson was a veteran republican who had served in the Maze Prison alongside hunger striker Bobby Sands and was a close confidant of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.

Following devolution, Donaldson went on to become a senior administrator for Sinn Fein at Stormont.

In 2002 he was arrested in a raid on the Sinn Fein offices as part of a PSNI investigation into an alleged republican spy ring.

In 2005 Adams announced to a Press conference that Donaldson had been an informer. He is believed to have been a double agent who had worked for police and MI5 for 20 years.

He was murdered just four months later in Donegal.

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