Irish Government must demand full disclosure following Nelson revelations – MacLochlainn TD
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Padraig MacLochlainn TD has called on the Taoiseach to demand full disclosure from the British government following revelations from the journal of British Agent Brian Nelson.
He said revelations in a Belfast newspaper exposing a British military intelligence plan for a bombing campaign in the South points up the necessity for the Irish government to hold the British government to account.
Padraig MacLochlainn said:
“The revelations in Brian Nelson’s manuscript are another damning indictment of British collusion with Unionist paramilitaries and the failure of successive Irish governments to hold British governments to account.
“British military intelligence actively directed and assisted, at the highest levels, UDA death squads responsible for the murder and attempted murders of Irish citizens.
“The British state provided weapons and intelligence to the Unionist death squads through Brian Nelson and other agents.
“It is clear from these revelations that British Military Intelligence identified targets, directed and facilitated the UDA inan assassination and bombing campaign against nationalist politicians and civilians. This included the murders of Pat Finucane, Jack Kielty, Michael Power and Gerard Slane, the attempted murder of Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey, and the targeting of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
“But Nelson also revealed that his British intelligence handlers had encouraged him to mount a bombing campaign in the south of Ireland to the extent of actually identifying commercial targets including an oil refinery in Cork.
“It is incumbent on the Irish government to hold the British to account on its aggressive intentions to launch a UDA bombing campaign against civilian and commercial targets in this State.
“This bombing campaign planned by British military handlers followed a similar series of British inspired bombings in the south in the 1970s including the Dublin/Monaghan bombings which claimed 34 lives.
"It is imperative we agree the architecture of dealing with all legacy issues in the present talks process ongoing in the North.
“But for the legacy issues to be brought to a successful conclusion and in light of these latest revelations it is essential the Irish government join with us in demanding that the British Secretary of State relinquish her veto over disclosure of information on the past.
“The term 'National Security' is being used to hide British State collusion and State-sponsored murder."