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Man to be charged with murder of British agent Denis Donaldson

Denis Donaldson was murdered in 2006.
Denis Donaldson was murdered in 2006.

A man is to be charged with the murder of MI5 agent Denis Donaldson.

The news came to light at a inquest into Donaldson's murder in Donegal on Wednesday.

Donegal Coroners Court heard a man will be charged with the 2006 murder of the former Sinn Fein and IRA member.

Gardai Superintendent Michael Finan told the Coroner, Dr Denis McAuley, that they had obtained a warrant from the Special Criminal Court for the arrest of a man to charge him with the murder of Mr Donaldson.

Donaldson, who was from Belfast, was exposed as a police and M15 spy in December 2005.

He was murdered in April 2006 at a remote cottage near Glenties, Co Donegal.

Dissident republican group the Real IRA previously claimed responsibility for his killing.  

Gardai submitted a file on the murder to the director of public prosecutions in the Republic of Ireland two years ago.

"At a sitting of Donegal Coroners Court today, 03 July 2019, An Garda Siochana sought a remand into the inquest into the death of Denis Donaldson, in accordance with section 25(2) Coroners Act 1962," a Garda spokesperson said.

"As criminal proceedings have been initiated in this case An Garda Siochana is not making any further comment."

The cottage near the village of Glenties, Co Donegal, where former Sinn Fein member and British spy Denis Donaldson was murdered in 2006
The cottage near the village of Glenties, Co Donegal, where former Sinn Fein member and British spy Denis Donaldson was murdered in 2006

Prior to being exposed Donaldson had been a high ranking official within Sinn Fein.

Two men were arrested in connection with the murder last year.

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