Smithwick Tribunal: “members of the PIRA are anxious the tribunal complete its work as soon as possible…”

Here’s a snippet of interest from the Irish Times’ report on the latest evidence to the Smithwick Tribunal.  From the Irish Times report

The Smithwick Tribunal is becoming a “significant issue” among republicans who are concerned it is uncovering information on past murders, the tribunal has been told.

According to a précis of intelligence information gleaned by the PSNI within the last year, and aired at the tribunal this morning, “members of the PIRA are anxious the tribunal complete its work as soon as possible”.

The précis also said key PIRA members “are aware some of the testimony to the tribunal is deliberately false and intended to bring it to an early conclusion”.

Which “testimony” would that be, then?  And the Irish Government did try to put a deadline on proceedings…  But the end of May seems a tad optimistic at this point.

Of course, “uncovering information on past murders” is the tribunal’s purpose.

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  • ranger1640

    Is this inquiry proving to be uncomfortable for the provos?

    We better stop this inquiry with immediate effect as it could unravel the alleged peace process. And we would not want to make any provo or alleged ex-provo uncomfortable now would we!!!!

  • sherdy

    More disinformation from the RUC, sorry, PSNI Special Branch?

  • sdelaneys

    A suggestion that the provos have in fact, ‘not gone away, you know.’

  • tacapall

    The précis also said key PIRA members “are aware some of the testimony to the tribunal is deliberately false and intended to bring it to an early conclusion”.

    I think we can take that for what it really means – This tribunal is serving no other purpose other than being a pulpit for British agents to throw wild accusations into the media about the DFM without so much as a shred of evidence.

  • andnowwhat

    Tacapali

    Brian Feeney called it right a few months ago, Smithwick was a sop demanded by unionists to allow other investigations in to the state and it’s activities. Just last week, we saw Hunt/Ingram’s senior in British intelligence show how unreliable (I’m being kind here) his evidence is.

  • Alias

    “Just last week, we saw Hunt/Ingram’s senior in British intelligence show how unreliable (I’m being kind here) his evidence is.”

    You’re being creative rather than kind, since ‘Witness 82’ was heard in camera. Hurst is subject to a gagging order by the state, and regularly subject to smears by its employees aimed at undermining his claims.

  • cynic2

    “members of the PIRA are anxious the tribunal complete its work as soon as possible”

    But they have gone away. The peelers and the International Commission told us so.

    And isnt it terrible that a Tribuinal set up to determine how they murdered two RUC officers might be annoying those who organised those killings.

  • tacapall

    Cynic2

    “And isnt it terrible that a Tribuinal set up to determine how they murdered two RUC officers might be annoying those who organised those killings.”

    Your right Cynic their past is catching up with them.

    “Could Special Branch have saved lives of policemen”

    “Asked why he didn’t advise RUC commanders along the border of the existence of a 1985 intelligence report linking a Dundalk garda with the IRA, a former Special Branch officer told the Smithwick Tribunal in Dublin that he was not allowed to.”

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/could-special-branch-have-saved-lives-of-policemen-16151801.html

  • PaulT

    the judge however seems to have a different viewpoint

    “In what was an unusually tense exchange Mr Robinson [PSNI Counsel] was told by the chairman of the tribunal, Judge Peter Smithwick, that “I think that, really, there must be a limit to the extent to which the PSNI can cover up everything and put serious matters under the carpet.””

    Which appears to contradict the PSNI view, but then again, the PSNI needs it’s stooges in the media (and bloggers to cut n paste) to get there ‘side’ across first. Wonder why it was such a big deal

    “The naming of McAnulty by Witness Z led to heated exchanges at the tribuna,l with counsel for the PSNI Mark Robinson asking on a number of occasions for a recess, and claiming the naming of John McAnulty “beggars belief”.””

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0512/1224315981989.html