Retired Dundalk officers reject Smithwick collusion findings

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Three former Garda officers who served in Dundalk have firmly rejected the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal that officers from the station there colluded in the IRA murder of two senior RUC officers.

RUC Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan were ambushed in south Armagh in 1989 as they returned to Newry after a meeting in Dundalk Garda station. Irish Judge Peter Smithwick, who chaired an eight-year inquiry into the matter, concluded in December that a leak from Dundalk station had tipped off the IRA about their travel plans.

But now three retired gardai who served in Dundalk have released a report which they say refutes the findings: Det Chief Supt John O’Brien, Chief Supt Michael Finnegan and Chief Supt Michael Staunton.


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