The senior judge who led the investigation into Garda/IRA claims of collusion in the murders of two RUC officers has died.
udge Peter Smithwick at the age of 85.
He retired as president of the District Court of Ireland and in 2006 went on to lead an investigative court on allegations of Garda collusion in the 1989 murders of two RUC officers in south Armagh.
Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan were shot dead shortly after they crossed into Northern Ireland upon their return from a meeting at Dundalk Garda Station.
The IRA announced the killing of two senior officers.
After years of public hearings in Dublin, in 2013, Judge Smithwick found he was pleased that there was, in terms of probability, collusion in the killings of police officers.
This finding prompted an apology for errors found in the report by then-Irish Attorney General Alan Shatter.
The public inquiry is one of several proposed by retired Canadian judge Peter Cory, as part of his report on a number of controversial murders that have been presented to the British government. and Ireland in 2003.
Judge Smithwick will be laid to rest on the Friday following the Obligatory Mass at St Mary’s Church, Kilkenny.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/peter-smithwick-judge-who-chaired-tribunal-into-garda-ira-collusion-claims-over-ruc-officer-murders-dies-aged-85-41425943.html Peter Smithwick, judge presiding over Garda-IRA collusion trial over RUC employee killings, dies at 85