Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Who was informer and Sinn Féin insider Denis Donaldson?

Denis Donaldson, whom the Real IRA said it murdered at a lonely farmhouse near Glenties in Co Donegal in 2006, was a senior figure in both Sinn Féin and the IRA and a trusted ally of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

He also served periods in Long Kesh and was a close friend of the hunger striker Bobby Sands. In the period after the 1998 Belfast Agreement and the creation of the Northern Executive and Assembly, he was Sinn Féin’s senior administrator at Stormont.

It came as a bombshell, therefore, in 2005 when it was disclosed that he had been a British agent for 20 years. Hitherto, the expected penalty for republican informers or touts was death, but the peace process had kicked in at that stage and Donaldson was allowed his life by the provisional republican movement.

He appeared to fade into obscurity thereafter but he was subsequently traced by the Sunday World to an isolated house near Glenties.

In April 2006, as claimed by the Real IRA, he was shot at the house, dying from a shotgun blast or blasts.


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