03 March 2006

Tribunal over murdered RUC officers


03 March 2006 09:34

A tribunal into the murder by the IRA of two senior RUC officers 17 years ago opens in Dublin today.

The tribunal, headed by the former President of the District Court, Peter Smithwick, will investigate allegations of garda collusion in the murders.

Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan had attended an informal meeting with senior gardaí in Dundalk on 20 March, 1989.

They were returning home when they were ambushed and murdered by members of the IRA near the border.

The murder of the two men was one of a number of cases investigated by the Canadian judge, Peter Cory.

In his report, published in December 2003, Judge Cory recommended that a public inquiry be carried out to investigate allegations of garda collusion in their murder.

The tribunal will investigate the possibility that a member of the gardaí informed the IRA of the route the men had planned to take on that day back in 1989.

It is understood that the families of the two men will attend the opening session of the tribunal.

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