04 April 2006

Donaldson found shot dead


04/04/2006 - 18:41:01

Shamed ex-Sinn Féin official Denis Donaldson was found shot dead in Donegal tonight.

His body was discovered near the village of Glenties not far from a run-down cottage which had become his home since he was banished from the party after he admitted working for British intelligence for more than 25 years.

Gardaí sealed off the area as forensic experts were called in to carry out an inspection.

At the same time a pathologist was called to the scene to carry out a post-mortem examination.

Police sources said Mr Donaldson's body had been found inside his rundown cottage.

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said: “I am completely appalled by this barbaric act.”

Mr Donaldson’s former home in west Belfast has been put up for sale and the Sinn Fein leadership had publicly insisted he was under no threat from republicans.

But individual republicans had vowed that he would never be allowed to return to live in Belfast.

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