Ex-Real IRA leader denies tip-off
Belfast-born David McKittrick has been reporting on Northern Ireland since 1971, He has written for the East Antrim Times, the Irish Times and was The Independent's Irish correspondent for many years. He is the author of several books including Making Sense of the Troubles (2000) and Lost Lives (1999).
Tuesday 29 November 2011
The one-time leader of the Real IRA yesterday denied all knowledge of the murders of two senior policemen in a border ambush in 1989.
Michael McKevitt, who is serving 20 years for terrorist offences, faced questions about the killings of Royal Ulster Constabulary officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan. A tribunal is investigating whether rogue policemen in the Republic had tipped off the IRA about the movements of the officers.
McKevitt, who was then a local high-ranking IRA officer, denied he had ever had a "friendly contact" within the Irish police.
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