The mob, the IRA, Johnny Depp, the double agent and I…

It started with an ITN weekend reporting shift in London. And it ended with me starring in a Hollywood movie Johnny Depp. Over the past 25 years, the fascinating story of the IRA arms smuggling ship Marita Ann has taken me to Boston on the trail of American mobster and Provo supporter Whitey Bulger, where I met the FBI and the family of one of Bulger’s murder victims, as well as undercover cops and lawyers. I also ended up facing the IRA leader who ran the Irish side of the arms smuggling operation and the former provisional who tipped off the authorities to the Marita Ann.

On my birthday in September 1984 I flew from Belfast to London to work at ITN for a few days. But as soon as I was in the door, I was out again, flying back to Ireland with an ITN crew, this time on a private jet that was waiting at Heathrow. The mob, the IRA, Johnny Depp, the double agent and I…

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