17 May 2006
Subversion in the UDR document now online
Pat Finucane Centre
The secret British intelligence report into Subversion in the UDR which featured in a major Irish News series recently is now available on the PFC website as a pdf file. Annex E is also attached and details fatal and non-fatal attacks carried out with a weapon stolen from a UDR/TA base in Lurgan. These and other highly significant documents were discovered by staff from the Pat Finucane Centre and Justice for the Forgotten (JFTF) at the Public Records Office in London. The files had recently been declassified by the Ministry of Defence.
It is only appropriate that the document should be put on our website today, the 32nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings which killed 33 people in 1974. The reason that we were doing joint research with JFTF was due to a long standing mutual interest in a group of loyalists and security force members who were operating out of a farm at Glenanne in S. Armagh. This group, which included loyalists from Armagh and Tyrone and members of the RUC, UDR and British Army intelligence, was responsible for over 100 deaths in a series of bomb and gun attacks on both sides of the border. There is compelling evidence that this loose grouping operated as a semi-official death squad at the behest of certain state agencies. Subscribers may find the document more interesting than did the BBC which failed to mention the story in any news broadcast on radio or TV despite the fact that the largest selling daily in the North, the Irish News, devoted over 14 pages to the revelations over several days. To be fair the BBC did inform viewers/listeners what colour of handbag the Duchess of Cornwall was carrying on a visit to the north this week. Priorities priorities!
Further documents will be uploaded in the coming days and weeks. See www.patfinucanecentre.org
see also www.dublinmonaghanbombings.org