Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

British must follow Irish example on collusion

IT appears the evidence of alleged Garda collusion with the IRA, presented in private by the PSNI to the Smithwick tribunal, was the key factor in the findings presented by Judge Peter Smithwick.

This evidence, on the killings of RUC officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan, was gathered by MI5. This raises the question: why was MI5 so co-operative with Smithwick, but not in regard to the many victims of British state collusion? No evidence on British state collusion was presented from MI5 after 33 innocent civilians were blown to pieces on the streets of Dublin and Monaghan in 1974. Or when 11 innocent civilians were shot dead by British soldiers in Ballymurphy in 1972.

Now that the Irish state has commissioned, investigated and published the findings of the Smithwick report, is it not now imperative for the Stevens inquiry on British state collusion to be released in full?

The Republic's minister for justice, Alan Shatter, and Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, must press the British Government to apply the same standards of openness and disclosure.

Truth and justice cannot be compromised.

In spite of three separate inquiries on collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and British state security forces headed up by London's Metropolitan Police commissioner, Sir John Stevens, only 19 pages from the 3,000-page final report have been made public by the Government.

TOM COOPER

Irish National Congress, Dublin

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