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    Adams challenged to 'come clean' on long-term British agent inside the IRA

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    in today's Irish Mail on Sunday

    A Provisional IRA Hunger Striker has challenged Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to 'come clean' about an alleged long-term British military intelligence agent inside the IRA.
    Belfast republican Gerard Hodgins,50, called for 'clarity' from Adams and local newspaper executive Mairtin O' Mulleoir about their past support for fellow IRA convicted prisoner turned local newspaper editor Sean Mag Uidhir.
    The former North Belfast News editor has resigned as projects director at the Belfast Media Group [BMG], a local newspaper group close to Sinn Fein.
    There are suspicions his stepping down is linked to the spy allegations and his possible role in the convictions of Hodgins and former Sinn Fein director of publicity, Danny Morrison over the 1991 IRA kidnapping of 'Sandy' Lynch.
    Hodgins recieved ten years and Morrison eight years for their part in the affair.
    Hodgins said: 'I would like Gerry Adams and Mairtin O' Mulleoir to clarify what they know.'
    The BMG was asked to confirm if Mr Mag Uidhir has left his job and to comment on the allegations his departure is linked to the Hodgins' appeal but failed to respond.

    by Mick Browne.

    This article was a small paragraph 'hidden' inside today's Irish Mail on Sunday which is surprising given that it is alleging that a former newspaper editor was a 'long-term British agent inside the IRA.'

    There is no link as the Irish Mail on Sunday doesn't appear to be online.

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    I would have thought a story like this might have commanded more page space than that, though it may get more attention if there are any future developments.
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    this is very interesting ,, especially the fact former blanketman Gerard Hodgins is behind this call . MagUidhir was first denounced as an British agent to my knowlege a few years back by the former FRU officer Martin Ingram who also unmasked Fred Scappittici . MagUidhir was a senior member of the PIRAs internal security unit working alongside Scappittici . Republicans accross the board largely ignored Ingrams claims because there was no real substance to them and they seemed to be an attempt by him to hog the headlines - nobody wanted to play his game . However if there is any substance to this this is yet another damning indictment of both the sinn fein leadership and the andersonstown news , which is to all intents and purposes a propaganda front for the views of the sinn fein leadership , which are often the views of NIO securocrats and Prime Minsters .
    In recent months 2 other former members of the provos Internal security unit Jim McCarthy and Paul Hamilton , both gerry adams bodyguards , appeared on the front pages of the Irish news on seperate days with front page stories denying they were British agents and posing sperately for photos in quite bizarre multi page spreads as they hit out a rumours which were circulating amongst the republican grass roots of west Belfast about their activities over the years . That was in the immediate aftermath of Adams bodyguard and driver Roy McShane being outed as a long time FRU agent . McShane also worked alongside the internal security unit with his fellow bodyguards McCarthy and Hamilton . The Irish news propaganda offensive on behalf of the 2 men made no mention of the fact McCarthy had been kneecapped in the early 80s by the IRA for collaborating with the screws in the HBlocks as an orderly and assiting them torment the blanketmen by hosing down their cells and other actions . He still carries a limp to this day for those years of treachery and collaboration . Nor did it mention Hamiltons nickname , Budgie , which was given to him by feloow republicans after he broke under interrogation in the late 70s and sang like the proverbial .

    A few years back it was revealed following prime ministers questions in the British parliament that the andersonstown news group is funded heavily by the British governemnt , so obviously the British regard its political line as helpful to their interests . It remains to be seen how helpful to their interests one of its most senior editors has been over the years. And in particular what his reaction may have been to the cringingly awful apology and retraction of a samll opinion piece critical of the sinn fein leadership by a fellow editor .

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    I was under the impression that there was a reorganisation in the BMG and that Sean was asked to take a senior post in the sales and marketing end of things and that he stated he would rather have stayed on the reporting end of things, thus the resignation.

    Not very exotic or newsworthy but there you go.

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    This and related PIRA double/triple/quadruple agent stories are going to be very difficult to disentangle. When you consider the long term roles of Michael Oatley and then Alistair Crooke in the peace process it's going to be very, very difficult to say who was playing who.

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    Is it morally acceptable for journalists to be State-funded?
    Are there any other newspapers which receive State funding? Surely it's a conflict of interests and would lead to a fear of criticising State actions or decisions." Biting the hand that feeds you "etc.
    The Andytown News must be a valuable asset for the British Govt who wish to see Adams remain in control and protect their interests in Ireland. With each passing year it becomes more clear that Adams and the current PSF leadership have been in the pockets of Whitehall and Thames House all along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatMcL
    I was under the impression that there was a reorganisation in the BMG and that Sean was asked to take a senior post in the sales and marketing end of things and that he stated he would rather have stayed on the reporting end of things, thus the resignation.

    Not very exotic or newsworthy but there you go.
    Yeah and Scap moved to Italy for the Mediterrenean diet and alternative lifestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogwarrior
    Is it morally acceptable for journalists to be State-funded?
    Are there any other newspapers which receive State funding? Surely it's a conflict of interests and would lead to a fear of criticising State actions or decisions." Biting the hand that feeds you "etc.
    The Andytown News must be a valuable asset for the British Govt who wish to see Adams remain in control and protect their interests in Ireland. With each passing year it becomes more clear that Adams and the current PSF leadership have been in the pockets of Whitehall and Thames House all along.
    More Century House (well now Vauxhall Cross) ... only junior PIRA agents were run from Thames House

    Though some (e.g. Dean Godson) would say that the senior PIRA agents played Century House ...

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    then of course we had the Michael Bettany saga which resulted in willie carlin being outed

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2001/may/0 ... oodysunday

    McGuinness had been meeting in secret with Bettany without either the knowlege or permission of the IRA . Carlin had been appointed by him as both secreatry and treasurer of Sinn Fein in derry , meaning he effectively controlled sinn fein in derry to all intents and purposes and knew everything . In turn Carlin was effectively grooming mcguinness for his public role , not only preparing many of his speeches but even choosing his clothes for him in order to project a persona to the media . That willie carlin was forced to go on the run from an interrogation squad that consisted of fellow FRU agents is almost too sickening a thing to contemplate but has to be faced up to .

    Its believed in a number of republican circles there was a lot more to bettanys tale than willie carlin . Some years later Mitchell McLaughlin faced the prospect of interrogation after IRA members in south armagh became aware he was meeting in secret with British intelligence officials . McGuinness stepped in and announced there was not enough evidence to suport the south armagh claims . It would appear now they were right at the time and the movement was being delibertaely hoodwinked by a handful of people at the very top

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    Yawn..... who cares. At this stage a revelation that a high ranking PIRA man wasnt a double agent would be news.

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