08 April 2006

Donaldson funeral service


Family and friends have attended the funeral in Belfast of murdered British agent Denis Donaldson.

Requiem Mass was held at his former family home in Aitnamona Crescent in west Belfast.

Mr Donaldson was buried in Belfast's City Cemetery

Ex-Sinn Fein official Donaldson, 56, was found shot dead in a remote cottage in County Donegal on Tuesday.

He was buried in the City Cemetery, where fewer than 100 people attended. On Friday, his family said they did not believe the IRA murdered Mr Donaldson.

He had been expelled from the party in 2005 after admitting he was a paid British agent.

Mr Donaldson's family said they did not know who killed him but blamed the "activities of British intelligence" for their "difficult situation".



Private funeral for IRA double agent

Jamie Doward
Sunday April 9, 2006
The Observer

Denis Donaldson, the murdered ex-Sinn Fein official who spied for British intelligence for 20 years, was buried yesterday in Belfast, close to his former home in Andersonstown. Fewer than 100 mourners attended the funeral of the man who had been the subject of death threats since he sensationally confessed to being a double agent on national television.

Donaldson, a former confidant of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, was shot dead in a remote cottage near Glenties, Co Donegal, last Tuesday.

His wife, Alice, daughter Jane and sons Pearse and Denis Jr led mourners during the private Roman Catholic service. Afterwards, mourners used umbrellas to shield the coffin from the media. The cortege then drove to the Falls Road and the city cemetery. One of Donaldson's granddaughters clutched a single white rose by the graveside as rain fell.

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