Not in the public interest – Redux

The controversy over the abrupt ending of the trial of Denis Donaldson and two others in relation to a spy-ring at Stormont continues, with the Belfast Telegraph reporting a letter from the private secretary of the Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, in response to a number of local councils requesting an inquiry into the affair. There’s a repetition of the official line that “There was, without any doubt, paramilitary intelligence-gathering which the police acted to prevent.”, and, in addition, the letter states, “The Government does not see the need for a costly public inquiry.”.. that would probably be because the Government knows why the prosecution was halted.. but doesn’t want to tell anyone..