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Big mouths brought New IRA to its knees

Ciaran Barnes


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'Plant an agent' and 'bug a house' are well-worn tactics used by the security services in Northern Ireland for decades. (Stock image)

'Plant an agent' and 'bug a house' are well-worn tactics used by the security services in Northern Ireland for decades. (Stock image)

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'Plant an agent' and 'bug a house' are well-worn tactics used by the security services in Northern Ireland for decades. (Stock image)

It is hugely embarrassing for an organisation styled as the New IRA to get caught by the oldest play in the spooks’ handbook.

Plant an agent’ and ‘bug a house’ are well-worn tactics used by the security services in Northern Ireland for decades.

Yet lessons clearly have not been learned by New IRA leaders, who see themselves in grand terms as the latest incarnation of the Provos. The MI5 covert operation which has resulted in eight suspected dissident chiefs facing terror charges is a hammer blow to the gang.