Harry Breen

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The bullet-riddled Cavalier car belonging to senior RUC officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan after their murder in an IRA ambush in March 1989

As retired Garda Chief Superintendents we acknowledge that the murders of RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan on the (...)

 Mr Justice Peter Smithwick:  Three former senior gardaí believe the Smithwick Tribunal did not place enough emphasis on the evidence of former members of the Provisional IRA who met the tribunal and outlined how they had planned the killings without, they claimed, assistance from any Garda members.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three former senior gardaí have published a comprehensive evaluation of the Smithwick Tribunal’s conclusions, challenging its key finding of collusion(...)

Judge Peter Smithwick arriving at the tribunal. Three former senior Garda officers say the finding of Garda collusion  damages relations between the Garda and PSNI and undermines the State’s ability to actively pursue substantial acts of collusion during the Troubles.

The failure of the Smithwick Tribunal to undertake a basic reconstruction of the murders of the two RUC officers it investigated meant it missed a vit(...)

Former Garda sergeant Owen Corrigan leaving the Smithwick tribunal in May 2013. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Any move to deny a former Dundalk-based detective sergeant his legal costs for eight years at the Smithwick Tribunal, would be challenged in the High (...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan: stressed the report would take some time to review in full

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has said that the force had been “devastated” at the findings of the Smithwick tribunal that gardaí had colluded in(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan speaking to the media at the Garda Reserve graduation in Templemore today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has said the force had been “devastated” at the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal that gardai had colluded in the (...)

The recently published Smithwick Report concluded that, on the balance of probabilities, collusion occurred between gardaí and the Provisional IRA in the killing of RUC officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Collusion would be shown to be a factor in many more murders committed during The Troubles if the same standards of investigation used in the Smithwic(...)

 Chief Supt Harry Breen: unarmed and waving a white handkerchief, he was shot in the back of the head: Photograph: McCartan Turkington Breen/PA

About twenty to four on March 20th, 1989, Finbarr King heard the ugliest sound in the world: the howl of triumph that goes up from a human wolfpack j(...)

Mary Lou McDonald said Adams ‘frontloaded his comments with expressions of understanding and sympathy’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein Vice President, Mary Lou McDonald yesterday moved to play down the controversy over comments made by Sinn Fein president Gerry Adam about th(...)

Former Garda sergeant Owen Corrigan who rejected the tribunal’s finding that he had “an inappropriate relationship with the Provisional IRA”. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Former Garda detective sergeant Owen Corrigan has rejected the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal which concluded he had an inappropriate relationship(...)

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