The inquiry is willing to act as a puppet for special branch….

An interesting discussion between Brendan Mac Cionnaith and Radio Free Eirean’s Sandy Boyer on the Rosemary Nelson inquiry. According to Mr Mac Cionnaith the

inquiry is willing to act as a puppet for special branch. It has moved from its remit of establishing who murdered Rosemary Nelson …. and it’s now going into grounds of speculation inuendo and character assination.

The terms of reference are

“ To inquire into the death of Rosemary Nelson with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Northern Ireland Office, Army or other state agency facilitated her death or obstructed the investigation of it, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; whether the investigation of her death was carried out with due diligence; and to make recommendations.”

Brendans’ main points are:

recall if you will

John Stalker

Pat Finucane.

and

Francis Brown.

11 March 1994 Francis Brown (38) Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Killed by booby trap bomb, hidden in concrete block under his parked lorry, Obins Street, Portadown, County Armagh.

and the history of the British army base in Portadown.

(Note: The conversation will be archived on wbai’s archives at least until tomorrow, as it was broadcast last Saturday. As far as I know programmes are only archived for 7 days.)

  • picador

    Good post Kathleen.

    Do you think that David Cameron will rescind the 2005 Inquiries Act? Or that he will cease to cover up for previous British Governments?

    I would guess that he will remain loyal to the legacy of Thatcher.

  • Kathleen

    Morning picador,

    Your guess is probably right, but one lives in hope and prays for change. Unless we get change then we are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.

    The remit of this inquiry is clear yet the inquiry has gone off down a very familar side road, thats a pity, no change there, it looks like it will repeat the mistakes of others gone before them. Change is needed, in this area especially.

    I don’t want to turn this into a thread on Cameron, but I listened to him last week being interviewed by the BBC’s Robert Preston. Preston seems to have a theory that what we are seeing now are birth pangs of a new type of capitalism. One that is more softer and is more fair towards ordinary people, especially now that its the ordinary people who own banks etc. Did you see it? Preston interviewed Cameron, and Cameron agreed.

    So maybe Cameron won’t be a reincarnation of Thatcher, I’m prepared to keep looking and viewing with an open mind.
    Changes are happening – what we need is for it to happen here in many areas. Without change then we have situations like this one we see before us.

  • Hugo Green

    How could anyone not fail to be swayed by this insightful piece? Given Radio Free Eirean’s track record of impartial reporting on Irish issues and Brendan Mac Cionnaith’s obviously balanced and unbiased views.

    Special Branch should only ever have been at the inquirey to have the guilty verdict read out against them. Someone really needs to tell them that speculation, innuendo and character assassination is the prerogative of one side only in the process, and its not the one they represent.

  • Billy Fish

    Why do Irish republicans champion inquiries in the first place? It seems to me that they continually promote the belief that they already have the truth all sown up, so why bother?

    Their view is one of ‘it was the Brits wot done it all’. No grey, light or shadow.

    When somthing, like Special Branch in this case, throw a pebble to ripple the calm of their serene understanding of where all the blame lies they get very agitated.

    Why so exercised? Perhaps below the surface they realise that blame is a little more promiscuous than they think?

  • cut the bull

    Any questions about the dubious workings of the Special Branch were answered for me when I watched a programme about Mark Haddock.A CID dtective Jonty Brown stated clearly that members of the RUC/PSNI special branch threatened the lives of his family and he was told in no uncertain terms to stop investigating Mark Haddock who was a Special Branch agent.

  • Billy Fish

    Interestingly for some an individual can say something and it is taken as gospel. Someone else says something different and they are lying.

    Some plump to believe Jonty Brown, that is their prerogative. It merely indicates that his version of events accords with their own prejudice.

    You see that damn evidence thing keeps coming up and until a position is proved, I think the term is ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’, I’ll try to swallow my own prejudices and keep an open mind.

  • cut the bull

    and the version of events espoused by the former Police Ombudsman and her Investigation team in relation to collusion between the PSNI/RUC Special Branch and the Mount Vernon UVF. also the veiw espoused by a high court judge that members of the PSNI lied and fabricated evidence during the Omagh bomb trial in an attempt to gain a false conviction.In this instance the proof is there and what have the PSNI did, Nothing not even a suspension the officer behind the attempt to fabricate evidence has according to news paper reports been put forward for promotion.

  • Mark McGregor

    I said it when i blogged this, others have highlighted it, Kathleen does it again – the remit of the inquiry is;

    “To inquire into the death of Rosemary Nelson with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Northern Ireland Office, Army or other state agency facilitated her death or obstructed the investigation of it, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; whether the investigation of her death was carried out with due diligence; and to make recommendations.”

    All the other crap is trying to justify her murder in case the RUC are proven complicit.

    Muddying the waters, as some are very willing to do here too.

    It just looks like an early admission of guilt.

  • Genghis

    To find out about the failures of Special Branch who were a law unto themselves.

    How many criminals went free to do criminal activities because they were Special Branch informers?