Belfast Telegraph

State papers: MI5 officer asked us to execute you, UVF told Taoiseach in secret letter

By Ed Carty

Charlie Haughey was warned by loyalist paramilitaries that MI5 ordered his assassination.

Records from his office while he was Taoiseach in 1987 reveal that the UVF wrote to him to tell him that British intelligence also launched a smear campaign against him.

The loyalists claimed their organisation was used by MI5 and MI6, backed up by British special forces, from 1972 to 1978 and again in 1985.

"In 1985 we were approached by a MI5 officer attached to the NIO and based in Lisburn, Alex Jones was his supposed name," the UVF said.

"He asked us to execute you."

The previously secret letter, on UVF headed paper, showed the loyalists told Mr Haughey that the MI5 operative gave details of his cars, photographs of his home, his island Inishvickillane, and his yacht, the Celtic Mist.

The paramilitaries also claimed to have been given details of Mr Haughey's trips to Farranfore Airport in Kerry and photos of a plane he used.

"We refused to do it, we were asked would we accept responsibility if you were killed we refused," the UVF said in the letter.

Mr Haughey was on holiday when the letter arrived in August 1987.

He was shown it later and asked for the Irish Department of Justice to let him know if it had any information.

The UVF also claimed MI5 planned to supply a spoon of "Anthras" (sic), "Foort and Mouth Disease" (sic), "Fowl Pest, Swine Fever, and Jaagsikpi" to anyone who would release them in Ireland.

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