Sinn Féin has stated that reports of how British agent Brian Nelson allegedly set up republicans and nationalists for murder and targeting demonstrated that the British government must provide the truth behind its part in the “dirty war” of the Troubles.
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly also said the Irish Government must hold “the British government to account” over allegations UDA intelligence officer Nelson was allegedly urged by his British intelligence handlers to get the UDA to launch a bombing campaign in the Republic in the late 1980s.
It was alleged in the most recent Sunday World that during the late 1980s Nelson was involved in two plots to murder Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and one bid to murder current Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
One of the obstacles to be overcome in the current Stormont House talks is the issue of what the British government will be prepared to divulge about British state killings and alleged collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.
“It is time for the British government to come out from behind the wall of ‘national security’ and allow the victims and survivors to have the truth about the deaths of their loved ones,” said Mr Kelly.