From the legendary investigative journalist, Duncan Campbell, a series of articles written for the New Statesman magazine in May 1984, describing the testimony of the former UK military intelligence officer, Captain Fred Holroyd, who was one of the first “insiders” to lift the lid on Britain’s “Dirty War” in Ireland. The three pieces from the publication’s archives cover a range of increasingly shocking subjects, including drive-by shootings, kidnappings, paid informers in the (Provisional) IRA and the Garda Síochána, bank robberies, train derailments, state-sponsored terror gangs, cross-border raids and murderous acts of sabotage. Several well-known characters from the earliest period of the conflict in the north-east of the country appear, notably Captain Robert Nairac, the infamous British death squad commander with a penchant for photographing the bullet-ridden corpses of his victims, and the UK’s notorious spy within the Gardaí, the ostentatiously affluent “Badger”.
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