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Taoiseach Enda Kenny backs IRA murders probe call

By Nevin Farrell

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged support for an inquiry into a series of IRA murders along the border thought to have been assisted by by corrupt gardai, it has been reported.

Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is preparing a report on the feasibility of holding a public inquiry into the killings, which took place between 1987 and 1991.

There have been persistent allegations of collusion by corrupt gardai in 13 murders carried out by the IRA in counties Louth and Armagh. Among them are those of four RUC officers at Killeen in 1985, including Tracy Doak (21).

They were murdered minutes after they arrived at a rendezvous point to meet a cash-in-transit van that had been accompanied to the border by gardai.

Tracy's father Beattie Doak told a national newspaper he was told about Garda involvement. "People were openly talking about this. I'm just happy the Taoiseach is now getting involved.

"I personally would just like to know what happened; how did the IRA manage to kill so many people in that area who had come into contact with the gardai?"

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