Smithwick report set to be published later today

0005aaf0-642The final report of the Smithwick Tribunal is set to be published later today.

The inquiry was set up more than eight years ago to examine allegations of collusion in 1989 between gardaí and the IRA killers of two senior RUC officers.

Judge Peter Swithwick submitted his report to the Dáil last Friday, with members of the families of the murdered RUC officers receiving it yesterday.

The report examines the murders of RUC Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan, who were killed in an IRA ambush in south Armagh, 400m from the Border, on March 20th, 1989 as they were returning north from a meeting in Dundalk Garda Station.

Three former gardaí based in Dundalk were granted legal representation at the tribunal. They were former Det Sgt Owen Corrigan, Sgt Leo Colton and Sgt Finbarr Hickey. Each denied passing information to the IRA to assist in the murder of the officers.

The Smithwick Tribunal was set up in May 2005 and investigated privately for five years before holding public sittings in 2011.

British agents, the PSNI, the Garda and politicians from both sides of the Border were amongst those to give evidence, as well as former IRA members and former RUC members.

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