THE AUTHOR of the hard hitting book which revealed “systemic” collusion between security forces and loyalist paramilitaries in Mid Ulster during the height of the Troubles, will present her findings at a public event in Moy on Monday, February 3.
Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland, by former journalist Anne Cadwallader, is the outcome of over 14 years research by The Pat Finucane Centre (PFC), and its conclusions have already been raised in the Dail and at Westminster.
Researchers at the PFC, including Ms Cadwallader, published previously unseen reports from the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) into a number of murders carried out in the Moy and Dungannon areas including those of SDLP activist and father of two, Denis Mullen, who was gunned down at his home in September 1975.
Other cases of local importance investigated by the HET and detailed in the book include the murders of Edendork couple, James and Gertrude Devlin, Patrick Falls from Aughamullan, and Sean Farmer from outside Moy.
At the event in Moy’s Ryandale Hotel, Cadwallader and fellow researcher, Paul O’Connor, will present documentary evidence taken from official British government archives which, Cadwallader says, shows “London was aware of collusion as far back as 1972 and encouraged UDA members to join the UDR where they were armed and trained to kill”.
Cadwallader and O’Connor will also give evidence of the human cost of collusion as families were bereaved with impunity by those paid to uphold the law.
The book’s key finding is that collusion was systemic in Mid-Ulster and the border region during the 1970s. It names the 20-plus RUC and UDR officers involved and details links between over 120 murders and a rampant loyalist murder gang during the 1970s.
Continuing, Ms Cadwallader says that, although the research focuses on 120-plus specific victims and their families, “We point out that individual RUC officers and UDR soldiers were killed as Catholic confidence in the rule of law collapsed”.
The open event will take place at the Ryandale Hotel, Moy, at 7.30pm on Monday, February 3.