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Shankill bomb informer claims raises grotesque prospect

What was the purpose of running informers, if it was not to prevent mass murder - such as the 1993 Shankill bomb. Picture by Pacemaker
THE claim that an RUC informant planned the Shankill bomb has apparently been made by the IRA. It is hard to see what the republican movement gains from this admission. As recently as four months ago, Gerry Adams was insisting the IRA no longer exists. Republicans benefit from a perception that they kept no records and hence are not amenable to truth recovery. Yet now the IRA is setting out a detailed tale of paperwork and logistics dating back 23 years. Allowing an informant to commit murder is collusion at its most “extreme”, to quote Lord Stevens, who compiled thr[...]
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