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Photo dated 5 April 2006 of gardaí at the dilapidated house Denis Donaldson was murdered in. Paul Faith/PA

Man arrested in Denis Donaldson murder investigation

Donaldson, a Republican double agent, was found dead at his home in a remote part of Co Donegal in April 2006.

GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a 70-year-old man in connection with the murder of Denis Donaldson in April 2006.

Donaldson was found shot dead at his home in an isolated area in Cloghercor, Doochary, Co Donegal.

He had been a senior Sinn Féin figure before being exposed as a spy for British security forces, and had afterwards feared his life was in danger.

The Real IRA later claimed responsibility for his death, the Sunday Tribune reported in April 2009.

In February, the coroner overseeing the inquest into Donaldson’s death said he needed to see progress in the garda investigation within six months, the Irish Times reported, and he adjourned the inquest until late August.

Investigators told the coroner, Dr Denis McCauley, that their investigation had uncovered several important issues.

The man arrested today is being held at Letterkenny Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

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