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Denis Donaldson

PONI to reinvestigate how Denis Donaldson was outed as an informer

30 JANUARY 2013

BY BARRY MCCAFFREY

Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire is to launch a fresh investigation into events surrounding the murder of MI5 agent Denis Donaldson after the emergence of new information, the Detail can reveal.

The police ombudsman has informed Mr Donaldson’s family that he has also decided to re-examine police actions surrounding the events connected to the killing of the former senior Sinn Fein official, who was shot dead at an isolated cottage in Donegal in April 2006, four months after admitting that he’d worked as an MI5/Special Branch agent for more than 20 years.

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Denis Donaldson

PONI to reinvestigate how Denis Donaldson was outed as an informer

29 JANUARY 2013

Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire is to launch a fresh investigation into events surrounding the murder of MI5 agent Denis Donaldson after the emergence of new information.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994
The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

Police Ombudsman opening new investigation into Loughinisland

19 DECEMBER 2012

The new Police Ombudsman, Michael Maguire, has capitulated to pressure from relatives of the six men murdered in the Loughinisland massacre, and agreed to hold a new investigation into the police's handling of the atrocity.

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Police Ombudsman's Office

Delays and backlogs feared during "Interim Ombudsman" phase

08 JANUARY 2012 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

THE temporary replacement for Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman may not have the legal powers to recommend prosecution against police officers when she takes over at the end of this month, the Detail has learned.

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Neil Colwell
Neil Colwell

Steven Colwell killing: where’s the accountability?

15 DECEMBER 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Colwell Ombudsman report update

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The scene of Steven Colwell's shooting in Ballynahinch
The scene of Steven Colwell's shooting in Ballynahinch

Why did it take the Police Ombudsman six years to report on a PSNI killing?

13 DECEMBER 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

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Steven Colwell (extreme left) before his death in April 2006

Family fight to ensure Steven is not another statistic

13 DECEMBER 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Steven Colwell's family question whether he could have been arrested and insist that police did not need to open fire on the unarmed 23 year-old

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Al Hutchinson under pressure to quit

New report puts pressure on Hutchinson to quit or be sacked

04 SEPTEMBER 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson is under pressure to quit as a new report reveals a damning indictment of OPONI under his leadership

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Chris Scott Graphic

Investigators believe key murder intelligence is withheld from them

14 AUGUST 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Senior staff do not believe ombudsman

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Where was Special Branch in Loughinisland massacre?

26 JUNE 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

IF the Police Ombudsman’s report into the McGurk’s Bar attrocity highlighted his reluctance to grapple with collusion, his report into Loughinisland is startling by its absence of another crucial piece of the picture: the role of Special Branch.

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The six men killed in the Loughinisland massacre

Where was Special Branch in Loughinisland massacre?

23 JUNE 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

IF the Police Ombudsman’s report into the McGurk’s Bar attrocity highlighted his reluctance to grapple with collusion, his report into Loughinisland is startling by its absence of another crucial piece of the picture: the role of Special Branch.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

Loughinisland: the Ombudsman's report - but key issues remain unaddressed

23 JUNE 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

THE failure by police to secure convictions after the Loughinisland massacre was down to incompetence and a lack of commitment - and not collusion, the Police Ombudsman has concluded.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

New delay in Loughinisland report

08 MAY 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson has confirmed that the long awaited report into Loughinisland will be delayed for another month

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Former Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan with Sam Pollock

Senior civil servants accused of 'meddling' in Ombudsman's office

17 APRIL 2011 – CHRIS MOORE

SAM Pollock’s decision to leave his position as chief executive officer of the Ombudsman’s office has rocked the administration of justice here. His strong words may yet inspire a formal inquiry.

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Former Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson
Former Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson

Ombudsman: It'll take 25 years to finish Troubles reports

11 APRIL 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

The Detail can reveal the Police Ombudsman has secured nearly £5m to deal with Troubles-related murders.

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PSNI officers on patrol
PSNI officers on patrol

Has ombudsman led to greater accountability in policing?

11 APRIL 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Kathleen O'Toole and Maurice Hayes discuss whether Patten has brought about a new era in policing for Northern Ireland

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The six men killed in the Loughinisland massacre
The six men killed in the Loughinisland massacre

`Police ignored my evidence' says Loughinisland eyewitness

28 MARCH 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

An investigation by the Detail can now reveal claims that the killers’ getaway car was hidden on a policeman’s farm for a decade, despite the families having been told that the car had been destroyed two years after the attack.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994
The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

Loughinisland: collusion or myth?

28 MARCH 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

For 12 years the Loughinisland families mourned the loss of their loved ones in silence. They kept that silence, they say, because of police assurances that no stone would be left unturned in the hunt for the killers.

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