Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today revelations in a Belfast newspaper on a campaign of murder waged against Republicans and nationalists by British military intelligence points up the necessity for full disclosure of the truth to victims and survivors of the conflict.
And the North Belfast MLA said that the Irish government need to hold the British government to account for its plans to launch another UDA bombing campaign in the south against civilian targets.
Gerry Kelly said:
“The revelations in the extracts of British military intelligence agent Brian Nelson’s manuscript are another damning indictment of those who ran Britain’s Dirty War and those charged with investigating it.
“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.
“British military intelligence actively directed and assisted, at the highest levels, UDA death squads responsible for the murder and attempted murders of nationalists and republicans.
“The British state provided weapons and intelligence to the UDA through Nelson and other agents and directed and cleared them to assassinate Pat Finucane, Jack Kielty, Loughlin Maginn, Michael Power, Francisco Notorantonio and Gerard Slane.
“This state-sponsored gang also shot and wounded Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey, targeted Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness and made numerous attempts to murder other nationalists and republicans.
“Nelson has also revealed that his military intelligence handlers had also encouraged him to mount a bombing campaign in the south of Ireland.
“The Stevens inquiry sent files to the then DPP in 2003 on 25 individuals including military intelligence personnel with a view to charging them with offences related to this murder campaign.
“Twelve years later despite mounting evidence of collusion between military intelligence and unionist death squads there has been no progress made in prosecuting those at the heart of this.
“I have contacted senior police today and am writing to the Director of the Public Prosecution Service to ask for a meeting to discuss the latest revelations and to seek answers about the failure to prosecute a single person following John Stevens third inquiry into collusion.
“The British state has demonstrated clearly that it is not capable of investigating the illegal and murderous actions of its own forces in the conflict.
“There is a need too for the Irish government to hold the British government to account on its efforts to launch a UDA bombing campaign against civilian targets in the South.
“The bombing campaign planned by military intelligence handlers in the late ‘80s followed on from a series of British inspired bombings in the south in the 1970s including the Dublin/Monaghan bombings which claimed 34 lives.
“It is imperative that we agree the architecture of dealing with all legacy issues in the present talks process. For that to be successful the British Secretary of State must relinquish her veto over families receiving the truth. The term ‘National Security’ is being used to hide involvement in State collusion and State-sponsored murder.”