16 January 2004
16 January 2004
The Garda named in the Corry report into collusion officer (B) is Eoin Corrigan a bar owner from Drogheda, Eire. He was a member of special branch.
He passed information to PIRA which led to the murder of Police officers.
1. Mr. Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley): Which terrorist organisation was responsible for planting the booby-trap bomb at Lisnarick in County Fermanagh on 27 November; and if he will make a statement. 
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Mr. Adam Ingram): The Royal Ulster Constabulary assesses that the attack at Lisnarick, County Fermanagh on 27 November 2000 was carried out by dissident republicans.
Mr. Donaldson: I thank the Minister for his answer. He will be aware of the case of Joe Fee, who has been identified as a leader of Continuity IRA. He was employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin as a consultant working alongside aid agencies in Croatia, and is alleged to have been involved in gun-running activities. What representations has the Northern Ireland Office made to the Department of Foreign Affairs on this matter and on the allegations of collusion involving retired Sergeant Eoin Corrigan of the Garda, which I understand are currently being investigated?
Mr. Ingram: The question raised by the hon. Gentleman is a matter for the Irish Government. I understand, however, that investigations by the Garda into arms importation from Croatia are continuing. Clearly, there will be close co-operation, and discussions between the Garda Siochana and the RUC will continue.
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We cannot comment on current investigations. Furthermore, it would not be appropriate to comment on an individual who has not been convicted of any offence.
Garda IRA Mole Named
Jeffrey Donaldson has used parliamentary priviledge to claim that now retired Garda Sargeant EOIN CORRIGAN was involved in the double murder of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan who were ambushed on 20 March 1989 on the Edenappa Road near Jonesborough. Details of their movements are believed to have been leaked by a member of the IRA who was also a senior Garda. RUC special branch confirm that the ambush only could have been staged with the help of members of the Garda.
The event is well catalogued in Toby Harnden's recent book where he states 'There was also technical information which confirmed that the IRA had been contacted by someone within Dundalk station. RUC special branch then received intelligence that a Garda officer had telephoned an IRA member to tip him off.