MP comments on MI5 Court Case
Commenting after recent media reports about the activities of South Armagh man Declan Gregory and his conviction today for gun running, including an Irish News interview with Colm Murphy, part of which contained a handwritten confession from Gregory detailing his role as an MI5 agent, Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today said that there is a widely held belief locally that Declan Gregory was ‘controlling, manipulating and directing’ the activities of the RIRA for over a decade.
Mr Murphy said:
“There has been a significant amount of media reports in recent weeks about the activities of South Armagh man Declan Gregory. This includes an Irish News interview with Colm Murphy which contained a handwritten confession from Gregory detailing his role as an MI5 agent.
“I have to say that there is a widely held belief in South Armagh that Mr Gregory has been controlling, manipulating and directing the activities of the RIRA in this area for many years at the behest of MI5. The recent media reports appear to confirm this.
“According to reports Mr Gregory, who had no previous association with Irish republicanism, agreed to assume the role of an agent provocateur after he was arrested for a serious sexual assault. At that time the authorities did not proceed with any charges against him.
“The case of Mr Gregory confirms what Sinn Féin have been saying for sometime with regard to these dissident gangs. In addition to many of them containing known criminals and informers within their ranks there has been a long held view that the hidden and sinister hand of anti-peace process British State Agencies are at work in the background.
“Sinn Féin have raised the Gregory case with the PSNI, the Justice Minister and both governments. We will continue to expose the work of these faceless securocrats and continue to campaign to see their malign influence in Ireland brought to an end.”