GARDAI REFUSE TO HAND OVER SECRET JOURNAL CLAIM DONALDSON’S FAMILY

first_imgGardai have refused requests to send a murder victim Denis Donaldson’s secret journal to the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.The late Denis Donaldson The journal was being written by the high profile Sinn Féin official and republican informer and was found in his Donegal cottage when he was shot.The Ombudsman is investigating allegations that Police Service of Northern Ireland officers may have contributed to his death. Mr Donaldson’s family believe the journal could contain clues about what happened.But Gardai have refused to let investigators have access to the document.For 20 years, Donaldson led a secret life as an informer for MI5 and the police.He fled to a remote family cottage outside Glenties shortly after being told by his police handlers that the media were going to expose his role as an agent. In April 2006, he was shot dead.Three years later the Real IRA said it was responsible, but his family have alleged that PSNI officers who knew about his secret role may have exposed him as an agent, and contributed to his death.They believe the journal, which was removed from the cottage by Gardai, could contain potential clues to who killed him and why.The family was initially told that the journal would be returned to them, but later informed this was not possible for what were described as security reasons.Ombudman Michael Maguire’s investigators want to read it as part of their inquiry into the allegations that police officers may have contributed to Denis Donaldson’s death. The Ombudsman has told the BBC that despite the refusal to make the journal available, investigators have uncovered “new and significant lines of inquiry which are well under way.”A solicitor for the family said they cannot understand why one law enforcement agency will not share information with another.“The family are of the view it is vital that the police ombudsman receives this journal because they believe it could contain potentially important information,” said solicitor Ciaran Shiels.“The police ombudsman’s office obviously sees it as a live line of inquiry and it’s extremely disappointing that the Garda are obstructing the investigation. “I think its ridiculous, I think it’s nonsensical, I think it’s completely illogical. The police ombudsman is only attempting to investigate an issue characterised by them as being grave and exceptional and it’s simply beyond the family’s reason as to why the garda would obstruct them.”An initial investigation by the previous ombudsman, Al Hutchinson, concluded there was no evidence of police misconduct.But a new investigation was launched last year after the BBC revealed that investigators had not been aware of the existence of the journal, and had not interviewed a Special Branch agent handler the Donaldson family believes could have information about what happened.The garda have not responded to questions from the BBC about the journal.GARDAI REFUSE TO HAND OVER SECRET JOURNAL CLAIM DONALDSON’S FAMILY was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WOW! YOUR INCREDIBLE DONEGAL PIX – NOW SEND US SOME MORE!

first_imgInishowen Sky – By Corey WileyYOU’VE taken some more incredible pictures for Donegal Daily.And here’s the latest selection – starting with an incredible sky over Inishowen by Corey Wiley.You can send your pictures to [email protected] Sunset in Brinaleck, Gaoth Dobhair by Tony DuffyHere’s looking at you – By Tony DuffySnow Bunting on Ice – by Christine Cassidy Puppy Bruno’s first snow – By Lisa Gallagher Fanad – by Marcella CrossanThis picture and the following two stunning pictures below of The Pier in Donegal Town were taken by Gerry McCaffrey Simply stunning – another shot of The Pier at Donegal Town by Gerry McCaffrey  Gerry captures the moment again WOW! YOUR INCREDIBLE DONEGAL PIX – NOW SEND US SOME MORE! was last modified: January 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WOW! YOUR INCREDIBLE DONEGAL PIX – NOW SEND US SOME MORE!last_img read more