Contradiction in McGuinness advice to informers between 1986 and 2011?

There was a wall of ‘criticism’ (simmering outrage might be a better description) in the southern papers… In the midst of it all buried within a suite of articles on the torture and killing of IRA informer Frank Hegarty there’s an interesting snippet worthy of further consideration.

Upsetting detail aside there’s an apparent contradiction in Martin McGuinness’ own account of what happened:

‘I said to that member that if Frank Hegarty was guilty of being a British agent, then my advice would be that he should not go and meet the IRA.’

At the time however, he told the press:

The only out that I can offer people who find themselves being recruited would be to contact me or any member of Sinn Féin who would only be too willing to provide assistance.’

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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