Man to be charged with murder of British agent Denis Donaldson
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."
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.
Belfast Telegraph Digital