Late Garda commissioner Eugene Crowley

The Smithwick report into the IRA killings of Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan was critical about how the late Garda commissioner Eugene C(...)

The scene of the shooting in March 1989 of RUC officers Bob Buchanan and Harry Breen on the south Armagh border. Photograph: Pacemaker

‘An Irishman’s Diary’, written by Kevin Myers and published by The Irish Times on March 10th, 2000, helped “reignite” a debate about a Garda mole with(...)

Smithwick’s verdict

Judge Peter Smithwick deserves enormous credit for the performance of a difficult and important service for the State. Firstly, and most importantly, (...)

Judge Peter Smithwick said: “Either the IRA did have an extraordinary piece of good fortune, or Harry Breen [above] was the target of this operation. I believe that the evidence points to the latter conclusion.”

The fate of Chief Supt Harry Breen, the most senior RUC officer to be killed in the Troubles, was sealed the day he appeared on television displaying (...)

Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan were murdered by the IRA after a meeting with gardai in Dundalk, Co Louth.

The Government has apologised to the families of two RUC men gunned down in an IRA ambush, after the Smithwick Tribunal found someone in Dundalk Garda(...)

William Buchanan, son of murdered RUC officer Bob Buchanan, said: “I, on behalf of the Buchanan family, wish to place on record our appreciation for the diligence and integrity of Judge Peter Smithwick and his team.” Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The son of Supt Bob Buchanan, who with his RUC colleague Chief Supt Harry Breen was killed in an IRA ambush on the Border in 1989, has described the f(...)

An undated handout photo  of Supt Bob Buchanan who was gunned down, along with Chief Supt Harry Breen, on March 20th, 1989,  in south Armagh. Photograph: McCartan Turkington Breen/PA Wire.

The family of Harry Breen have said all their fears have been realised by the Smithwick Tribunal’s findings.Lawyers for the respected officer’s widow(...)

Mr Justice  Peter Smithwick arriving at the Tribunal. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

20 March 1989: RUC chief supt Harry Breen and supt Bob Buchanan are shot dead in an IRA ambush near Jonesborough, south Armagh. The officers were retu(...)

It was likely that the IRA was tipped off by somebody inside Dundalk Garda station to assist in the 1989 murders of two RUC officers, the Smithwick Tribunal has found.   Photograph:Julien Behal/PA Wire.

The IRA was tipped off by at least one person inside Dundalk Garda station ahead of the 1989 murders of two senior RUC officers in Co Armagh, the Smit(...)

Mr Justice Peter Smithwick: the tribunal was set up in May 2005 and investigated privately for five years before holding public sittings in 2011

Preparations were under way last night to publish the final report of the Smithwick Tribunal today. The inquiry was set up more than eight years ago (...)

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