Kennedy ‘unsurprised’ by Smithwick revelations

Posted by
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Community, News
Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy has responded to the latest revelations to emerge from the Smithwick Inquiry in Dublin, which is investigating the murders of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan in 1989. The Newry & Armagh representative spoke to Newry Times and said, “The idea that the then Prime Minister and the Secretary of State were aware in the mid 1980’s that the Garda had been infiltrated by the IRA will come as no real surprise to those of us who lived through that period of our history.” “What this information does is confirm the suspicion that many pro-Union people held, that elements within the Northern Ireland Office and particularly the Foreign Office, were actively working to suppress the truth from the people of Northern Ireland, and that there were deliberate attempts made by Government officials to soften the impact of some of the worst terrorist atrocities ever carried out in Northern Ireland by Republicans.” “It is also now clear,” he continued, “That the political establishment in Dublin was determined to suppress the truth, and, by their actions, they perversely and deliberately protected those who inflicted murder and mayhem on people living in Northern Ireland.” He added, “Although the truth of these events has taken a long time to emerge, now is the time for Enda Kenny to acknowledge and accept the abject failures and serious mistakes of previous Irish political leaders and administrations by finally and publicly apologising for what was permitted to take place within its jurisdiction, otherwise his own reputation will be tarnished.”
Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in