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Denis Donaldson: Inquest adjourned for two years

Denis Donaldson was murdered 10 years ago at a cottage in Donegal

AN INQUEST in the Republic into the death of former Sinn Féin official and MI5 informer Denis Donaldson has been adjourned for two years.

Mr Donaldson (55), a close colleague of party president Gerry Adams, was shot dead at an isolated cottage near Glenties, Co Donegal, in April 2006.

He had been living in the cottage following his exposure as an agent four months before his death. The Real IRA claimed responsibility for the murder in 2008.

A coroner in Letterkenny adjourned the inquest yesterday until a separate criminal investigation is concluded. The inquest has previously been adjourned at least 19 times.

Gardai Superintendent Michael Finan told the coroner that a "continuing, active, significant investigation" was ongoing.

He said several arrests had been made in the last four months.

Last month a 74-year-old man appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin accused of withholding information about Mr Donaldson's murder.

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