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Justice Minister comments on report from Smithwick Tribunal

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Justice

Responding to the publication in Dublin of the report of the Smithwick Inquiry Justice Minister David Ford said that the already strong relationship between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána would be further strengthened.

David Ford said: "Our initial thoughts at this time are with the Breen and Buchanan families who suffered a great loss and are reliving that pain again.

"The report concludes that, on the balance of probabilities, one or more Garda officers passed information to the IRA, which resulted in the murders of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan. 

"A rogue officer acting outside the law should not result in the loss of trust between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána. Since taking up this office I have worked to build the levels of co-operation between the two services and Alan Shatter and I, as the two Ministers, will continue to do this. 

"There are many examples on a daily basis of officers from the PSNI and An Garda Síochána working together against those who would try to drag us back to the dark days and I am determined that will continue to ensure the progress made in recent years continues."

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