Ireland

IRA victim Ian Sproule's family demand independent investigation into Garda collusion claims

Ian Sproule was shot dead in Castlederg in 1991. Picture from Pacemaker
Ian Sproule was shot dead in Castlederg in 1991. Picture from Pacemaker

THE family of a Castlederg man killed by the IRA has demanded the full release of a Garda report into claims of collusion, along with an independent investigation into the murder.

Ian Sproule was 24 when he was shot at his family home in 1991.

The IRA later claimed he was a member of the UVF, sending a Garda intelligence file to a Derry newspaper.

The document is understood to have named two men suspected of planting devices in Co Donegal in the 1980s.

His family has denied he was a UVF member and last Thursday the victim's brother John met Tánaiste Simon Coveney to discuss claims of Garda collusion relating to the case.

Mr Sproule told the BBC yesterday he has demanded the full release of a report into collusion in Co Donegal carried out by Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy, which was mentioned at the 2012 Smithwick Tribunal into collusion behind the IRA murder in 1989 of Garda Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and RUC Superintendent Robert Buchanan.

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said Mr Coveney had condemned the murder of Mr Sproule and the Department of Justice confirmed in the meeting that Garda personnel remain open to co-operate with any further criminal investigation into his death.

"The Tánaiste confirmed that the relevant departments would remain in contact with the Sproule family, as they continue to seek the justice and truth which they are entitled to."