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Stakeknife 'actively considering' giving evidence to collusion probe

An alleged British agent in the IRA known as Stakeknife is actively considering giving evidence to an inquiry on Garda collusion.

Lawyers for Freddie Scappaticci — accused of being the double agent while heading the IRA's notorious internal security unit, the “nutting squad” — told the Smithwick Tribunal he may come forward.

An application was made to Judge Peter Smithwick for increased legal representation for Mr Scappaticci within hours of a former spy naming the Belfast republican as Stakeknife. Peter Keeley, also known as Kevin Fulton, said: “He is an informer and he is Stakeknife.”

Mr Keeley also alleged convicted IRA bomb-maker and one-time Omagh bomb suspect, Joseph “Mooch” Blair, was also an informer and protected by authorities north and south.

The tribunal is investigating allegations Garda collusion led to the IRA murders of senior RUC officers, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan on the border, minutes after a Garda meeting.

During cross-examination, a barrister for Mr Scappaticci, who denies being the highly prized agent or being a volunteer, accused Mr Keeley of making allegations to keep in the public eye.

Within hours of Mr Keeley's |allegations against Mr Scappaticci, his solicitor, Michael |Flanagan, made an application for his client to have a second counsel represent him.

The judge said if Mr Scappaticci would be interviewed, make a statement to the tribunal and give evidence, he would grant the application.

“This is under very active consideration at the present time,” Mr Flanagan said.

Background

Mr Keeley (51), has previously claimed a “friend” of the IRA — who he alleges was retired Dundalk-based detective Garda Sergeant Owen Corrigan — had tipped off the IRA that Mr Breen and Mr Buchanan were in Dundalk the day they were ambushed. He also alleged the same friend destroyed evidence from the Narrow Water bomb attack and cleaned fingerprints from a 1,000lb bomb in Omeath.

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