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Informer worked to undermine peace process

20 January, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that there must be an independent investigation into a case where charges are to be dropped against four Real IRA suspects from Ballymena. Charges against the four are to be dropped at Belfast Crown Court on Monday.

Mr McKay said:

"As has already been highlighted Paddy Murray was not charged with the explosives find in Ballymena in 2005 and in an unusual move prosecution barristers in this case seeked a public interest immunity certificate to prevent him being revealed as an informer.

"In working as a so-called 'security' force agent Paddy Murray got many people involved in sectarian conflict in this town and was constantly trying to undermine Sinn Féin and the peace process.

"This points to the fact that there still securocrats working to an anti-Sinn Féin and anti-Peace Process agenda and are using micro-republican groups to do so.

"Paddy Murray has been at the forefront in stirring up sectarian tension in Ballymena for some years now and the question that people here in Ballymena are asking is - Who was ordering him to do this and why?" ENDS

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