Maginnis reveals role in SAS plot

Drumnakilly ambush
Drumnakilly ambush

Lord Ken Maginnis has revealed for the first time his role in the SAS killing of an IRA gang during an RTÉ Prime Time programme, which was aired on Monday night.

The documentary featured several instances of alleged collusion involving the British army, MI5 and the RUC.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST ARCHIVE 92''581/92'1992''KEN MAGINNIS

Speaking on the programme, the UUP peer claimed that in the wake of an explosion that killed a number of British soldiers in Tyrone, he received a phone call from the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, wanting to know if Maginnis, who was a UDR major, knew who was responsible for the attack.

The former MP said he supplied three names and a few days later the IRA men were shot dead by the SAS at the Drumnakilly ambush.

Maginnis also referred to the current prime minister as “the boy Cameron’ when asked to comment on his recent apology to the victims of the Troubles.

Political commentators have branded his claims as ‘breathtaking’ and asked for them to be investigated.

The RTE programme collated numerous cases where British state forces allegedly colluded with loyalist paramilitaries, going back to the 1970s and running right up to the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The former secretary general of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Seán Donlon, said a “certain pattern” tended to be followed in many cases of alleged British state collusion. “The initial British response at political level was denial”, he said.