Men deny collusion

IT HAS emerged that Dundalk Garda Station’s diary and the telephone records for the day RUC Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan were killed by the IRA are missing.

IT HAS emerged that Dundalk Garda Station’s diary and the telephone records for the day RUC Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan were killed by the IRA are missing.

The Smithwick Tribunal heard evidence on Wednesday, July 13 that the station’s records from March 20, 1989 have disappeared and that a list of missing records is being prepared and will be submitted to the Tribunal.

The Tribunal is inquiring into suggestions that members of An Garda Siochana or other employees of the State colluded in the killings of the RUC officers.

The pair were killed in an ambush in South Armagh on March 20, 1989 as they returned to the North having attended a meeting with their Garda counterparts at Dundalk Garda Station.

Michael Durack, senior counsel for the Garda Commissioner, told Mr Justice Peter Smithwick that “a significant amount of documents are missing from that time period”.

Meanwhile, one of the three former gardai being questioned by the Tribunal has insisted he did not make up claims about the driver of a car acting suspiciously outside Dundalk Garda Station while the two RUC officers were inside.

Former Detective Sergeant Leo Colton, is being probed by the Tribunal along with former detective sergeant Owen Corrigan and former sergeant Finbarr Hickey to see if there is any evidence one or more of them colluded with the IRA over the murders of Breen and Buchanan. All three men are strenuously denying the claims.