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Smithwick Tribunal spoke with former IRA members, says Adams

Gerry Adams has said that former IRA members have cooperated with he tribunal established to investigate the deaths of two RUC officers in 1989.

File photo of Gerry Adams.
File photo of Gerry Adams.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has said that former IRA members have cooperated with the tribunal established to investigate the deaths of two RUC officers in 1989.

The cooperation of the three former Provisional IRA members marks the first such involvement of former dissident republicans with a tribunal in the Republic, RTÉ reports.

One of the three men who spoke with the tribunal was in a commanding role in the fatal shooting of the victims, the BBC reports.

The tribunal is investigating the murders of Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan, who were ambushed by the IRA in Co Armagh in 1989. They were the highest ranking members of the RUC to be murdered during the Troubles.

The inquiry was also told that the British authorities have information relevant to the investigation that has not yet been handed over, the Irish Examiner reports.

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