Smithwick Report goes to Irish parliament

December 2, 2013

The findings of the Smithwick Tribunal which investigated whether rogue garda officers colluded with the IRA in the murder of two RUC officers was submitted to the Dáil last Friday.

Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan were shot dead in March 1989 in an IRA ambush on the Edenappa Road, near Jonesborough while returning from a meeting in Dundalk Garda station.

In 2003, Canadian judge, Peter Cory, recommended that a tribunal should be set up to examine allegations of collusion in the murders of the two most senior RUC officers killed during the Troubles. The Smithwick inquiry was subsequently set up in 2005 to investigate the allegations  but public hearings did not begin until 2011, and lasted until June this year.

During the two year public inquiry the tribunal has heard from former high level RUC and garda officers, a former government minister as well as British agents and former IRA members.

The report will eventually be published and placed in the Oireachtas library, although it is not yet known when that will happen.