Fairytales of Dundalk – Mr Myers,Mysterious IRA Mole-Cells, Gardai whose second-name starts with C
Readers are encouraged to go past this unexciting headline in the Saturday October 29 2011 Irish Times – “Myers tells tribunal he will not reveal sources”.
The Smithwick Tribunal is investigating claims that IRA “moles” based in Dundalk Garda Station helped organise the killing of two Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers, Buchanan and Breen during “the troubles”.
Kevin Myers, then writing the daily “Irishman’s Diary” column in the Irish Times, made a series of sensational claims about “IRA Moles” operating in Dundalk Garda Station in March 2000. Two gardai, whose second name starts with C, Colton and Corrigan, are legally represented at the Smithwick Tribunal. Dermot McGuinness SC, appearing for Garda Colton, has persuaded Mr Myers, now a prominent Irish Independent writer, that his claims are “flawed”.
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Mr Myers also said that with the benefit of hindsight, he would have changed the contents of the column.
Asked by Mr O’Callaghan if his column told the truth “in a fair and impartial manner” with witness replied “no, I don’t believe it did.”
Mr Myers is to be recalled at a later stage to be cross examined by the legal teams.
Mr Myers is not the only Irish Journalist under pressure at the Smithwick Tribunal.
An expert witness, Tommy Commins (a retired senior telecoms inspector) told the Tribunal that claims in a Phoenix Magazine Article – published in 2005 – are “Rubbish”.