UVF claimed MI5 urged it to kill former Irish PM, state papers reveal

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UVF claimed MI5 urged it to kill former Irish PM, state papers reveal

Post by Sassy on Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:24 pm

Message from UVF to former taoiseach Charles Haughey claims British intelligence supplied details of his home and cars

MI5 encouraged loyalist paramilitaries to assassinate Charles Haughey, the former Irish prime minister was warned in a letter sent to his Dublin office.

The previously secret message – apparently issued by the Ulster Volunteer Force and released under the republic’s 30-year rule to its national archives – claims British intelligence went as far as supplying the UVF with targeting details.

The note, on UVF-headed notepaper, was received by Haughey’s office in 1987 while he was serving as taoiseach for a third time. The threat was taken seriously by the Irish government at the time: divers were dispatched to check that no explosive device had been attached to the hull of his yacht.

The loyalist group claimed it had been exploited and manipulated by MI5, MI6 and British special forces from 1972 to 1978 and again in 1985.

“In 1985 we were approached by a MI5 officer attached to the NIO [Northern Ireland office] and based in Lisburn,” the UVF letter said. “He asked us to execute you.”

The MI5 operative supposedly gave details of Haughey’s cars, photographs of his home, his private island, Inishvickillane, off the Co Kerry coast, and his yacht, Celtic Mist.

The paramilitaries also alleged they had been given details of Haughey’s trips to Kerry airport and photographs of a plane he used.

“We refused to do it. We were asked would we accept responsibility if you were killed. We refused,” the UVF said in the letter. “We have no love for you but we are not going to carry out work for the Dirty Tricks Department of the British.”

Haughey was leader of Fianna Fáil, which in 1985 was the official opposition party. He was perceived by London as pursuing a tougher line on nationalist and republican issues. When the letter arrived in Dublin in August 1987, Haughey was back in power but on holiday. He was shown it later and asked for the Irish justice department to let him know whether it had any information.

The message was signed in block capitals “Capt W Johnston”, the name used by the UVF in its formal statements. The UVF said it had killed 17 men using information from British intelligence during earlier years of the Troubles.

The organisation claimed the MI5 plot was aimed at destroying the “Eire economy”. It said British intelligence planned to provide it with a spoon of “Anthras” (sic), “Foort and Mouth Disease”, “Fowl Pest, Swine Fever and Jaagsikpi” to be released in Ireland.

The letter is among a number of files dating back to 1987 released to Dublin’s national archives this month.


No wonder they have lost thousands of papers from the National Archives, and even those they haven't conveniently 'lost' are showing machinations like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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