McGuinness could testify at Smithwick

Published Friday, 27 April 2012
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Martin McGuiness has said he is willing to give evidence at the Smithwick Tribunal, which has heard allegations that he sanctioned the murders of two senior RUC officers.

McGuinness could testify at Smithwick
Mr McGuinness responded to calls for him to give evidence at Smithwick. (© Getty)

But the deputy First Minister added that he has nothing to tell at Smithwick, because he has no knowledge of the incident.

The claims were made by former British army intelligence officer Ian Hurst, also known as Martin Ingram, at the tribunal in Dublin.

In a redacted version of his evidence the intelligence officer claimed the policemen's murders were "authorised at Northern Command and Mr McGuinness was involved as OC (Officer Commanding)".

The Sinn Féin MP labelled the claims a "yarn" and said Ingram, who claimed McGuinness was also involved in authorising "human bomb" attacks, was a fantasist.

Mr McGuinness made the comments on Friday at an international conference being held in Dublin which is examining conflict resolution in Northern Ireland.

The Smithwick Tribunal is investigating allegations of Garda collusion in the IRA murders of officers Breen and Buchanan, just north of the border in Co Armagh, 23 years ago.

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Ryan in Belfast wrote (886 days ago):
Theres no point throwing mud at Martin McGuinness unless theres solid, hardcore evidence that he has committed a crime. Martin McGuinness has so far done a great job, along with Peter Robinson, as First and Deputy first ministers and we should be pushing and encouraging that to continue.
? in N.I. wrote (886 days ago):
what is wrong with ever one. are yous all gone mad. who cares what the tribunal says, he was an IRA commander. He was no angel, im sure he has done plenty in fact this story has to be just the tip of what he has done in his past. like it or lump it the N.I. people put him where he is. Nothing should be forgoten about what was done by both sides but you have to move on if you want a better place and it is deffo a better place. So i say let him do his thing and he will step away at some stage and let a better person take his place. Its all a process
henry in north belfast wrote (886 days ago):
@lorna, so you watch the jerrmy kyle show, NOW THAT SAYS IT ALL,LOL
Eamonn Andrews in Belfast wrote (887 days ago):
LORNA WISE UP, TAKE THIS PIECE OF NEWS SERIOUS FOR GODSSAKE. THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW IS ONLY ENTERTAINMENT FOR MORONS, AND ALSO PEOPLE LOOKING FOR THIER 15 MINUTES OF FAME. BUT ITS GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU THINK HES COOL. IM SURE HE WOULD LOVE YOUR COMMENT.WHEN HE DOES FINNALLY GIVE EVIDENCE, THEN SOMEONE ELSE CAN START COOKING UP ANOTHER STORY. BUT IM SURE HE CAN HOLD HIS OWN.LET OUR POLITICATIONS GET ON WITH THE JOB AT HAND. AND THAT IS TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK,IE MORE JOBS,BETTER HEALTH CARE, BETTER HOUSING ETC.AND IF YOU CAN GO AND GET A JOB, JEREMY IS GETTING INTO YOUR HEAD, AND AFFECTING YOUR JUDGEMENT.ALL SHINNERS WILL FACE THE MUSIC,AND WILL NOT RUN AWAY. LIKE OTHER PARTIES.
lorna in limavady wrote (887 days ago):
the only way we will get to know if its the truth from martin is to strap him to a lie detector like they do on the jeremy kyle show. even then he is such a cool customer he could fool it too.
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