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Irish Police Tipped Off IRA In Police Murders

THE Irish government has apologised after a judicial review found Irish police colluded with the IRA in the murders of two Northern Ireland police officers in 1989.

Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan were shot dead by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) shortly after returning to Northern Ireland following a meeting with Irish police in Dundalk on March 20, 1989.

“Whilst Judge Smithwick does not find direct evidence of collusion in the killings, he concludes, on the balance of probabilities that collusion did occur,” said Eamon Gilmore, minister for foreign affairs.

The Smithwick Tribunal was set up in 2005 to investigate suggestions of collusion by members of the Republic’s police force, known as the garda, or other state employees in the murders of the two men.

“The findings of Judge Smithwick are both incredible and shocking and confirm the existence of ‘a mole’ in Dundalk station – this led to my father’s death,” said Buchanan’s son Will in a statement on Tuesday.

The Breen family solicitor said the tribunal “has brought significant consolation to the family as they come to terms with the treacherous realities, now laid bare, which surrounded the dreadful murder of their loved one.”

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said the murders “were two stark examples of the brutality which pervaded this island for many dark years.”

More than 3500 people were killed and thousands more injured over three decades as pro-British Protestants and republican Catholics perpetrated atrocities.

“It is important to say immediately, on my own behalf and that of the government, that I apologise without reservation for any failings identified in the report on the part of the state or any of its agencies,” Shatter added.

Amnesty International said the findings were a “deep concern”.

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland program director, said: “We now need a new mechanism to investigate the past in Northern Ireland.

“The victims of every killing, just like the families of officers Buchanan and Breen, have a right to hear truth and see justice.”