A Garda in Dundalk station supplied the IRA with the information it needed to murder RUC Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan in 1989, a television programme will claim tomorrow night (Insight 18.11.04). The two senior officers were killed near the border at Jonesborough just minutes after leaving a meeting with gardai. According to a retired RUC officer, it was common knowledge among police on both sides of the border that a garda in Dundalk was an IRA mole. He has told UTV's Insight programme that in the early 1980s colleagues in the Garda warned him not to pass details of his visit to a named garda based at the Dundalk station because of the risk it might pose to his security.
The former officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "Well, it was some time ago, but I think quite clearly it was in my mind at the time that this particular individual had tipped off the IRA about Harry Breen's movements and his colleague. "The IRA don't find things out by accident, so certainly I believed that if they were coming from a meeting, somebody had tipped off the IRA. It was a very clean ambush and it was highly unlikely that their patterns would have been such that they could have been picked up at random."
The former IRA agent known as Kevin Fulton tells the programme that he personally witnessed this garda passing information to his IRA commander. He said: "On one occasion I was along with Patrick Joseph Blair, who was my commanding officer in the IRA, and we had to go out and meet a garda. At some stages I worked with the Internal Security Unit along with Patrick Joseph Blair, and we went out to Finton Gallon's Ceile House along the border. The person we met was this garda, and the reason I knew this garda was I had been arrested. "I was interrogated by this garda in Dundalk Garda Station at one stage and we all knew about him. It was basically the worst kept secret within a certain group of IRA men but you know to me there was nothing extraordinary about that." The Dublin government is soon to announce details of a public inquiry into the killings because of suspicions of collusion. The inquiry was recommended by retired Canadian judge Peter Cory.
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