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Hard to imagine Stakeknife probe will be as open as Loughinisland report

Last week’s Loughinisland report concluded inquiries begun by Ombudsman Michael Maguire in 2013. The Stakeknife investigation is meant within a few years to produce an understandable account of double-dealing and betrayal over a decade or more, involving several agencies through military intelligence to police. Picture by Matt Bohill 
"THE  truth was covered up by the very people that were supposed to protect us,'' said Emma Rogan, daughter of one of the Loughinisland dead. She meant state forces, sworn to uphold the law and protect citizens. Her sense of betrayal is shared by those who believe they were bereaved through the IRA figure Stakeknife, a state agent. There is more than one version of collusion, equally undermining of society, as many still refuse to acknowledge. Many Catholics, nationalists, republicans went into the Troubles years believing – or coming to the belief - that [...]
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