Shatter: 'Unlikely' garda mole will be identified

Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has denied that the reputation of An Garda Síochána has been damaged as a result of the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal.

Minister Shatter has apologised for any shortcomings on behalf of the Irish state and says he will raise the findings of the report - which was published yesterday - in the Dáil.

The report found that there was Garda collusion in the 1989 shootings of two senior RUC officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan in south Armagh.

But Ministe Shatter said it is highly unlikely the individual who leaked information to the IRA which led to the killings of the two RUC officers will be identified.

He said the Government now needs time to digest the serious findings of the report.

"This tribunal has reached a conclusion of great seriousnes," he said.

"Myself, my Government colleagues and indeed members of An Garda Síochána and the PSNI require time now to consider the content of the report."

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