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TIM O’BRIEN
Irish Times
16 Mar 2012

Undercover British agent Peter Keeley was described as a “trusted member” of the Provisional IRA in Garda intelligence documents, the Smithwick Tribunal has been told.

Keeley, who has told the tribunal that former Det Sgt Owen Corrigan of Dundalk Garda station supplied information to the IRA, was described in the intelligence documents as being seen in the company of senior IRA figures.

Kevin Fulton/Peter Keeley

The documents, summaries of which were read out at the tribunal this morning, included an intelligence report which noted Keeley – also known as Kevin Fulton – was stopped by gardaí on August 22nd, 1988 when he said he was travelling to see the wife of a named senior IRA figure.

The documents also noted that Keeley was seen driving IRA bomber Patrick ‘Mooch’ Blair and well-known Co Louth republican Michael Collins.

Supt Brian Brunton, reading from a précis of a intelligence document, said: “It would appear at this stage he [Keeley] was a trusted member of the PIRA”.

Keeley has given extensive information to the tribunal alleging Garda collusion, which he said he became aware of while undercover in the IRA.

Mr Corrigan’s counsel at the tribunal has described Keeley as a “liar”. Mr Corrigan has consistently denied he colluded with the IRA.

The tribunal is looking into suggestions that members of the Garda or other employees of the State colluded with the IRA in the murders of two RUC officers.

Chief supt Harry Breen and supt Bob Buchanan were killed in an IRA ambush on the Edenappa road in south Armagh less than half an hour after leaving a meeting in Dundalk Garda station, on March 20th, 1989.

Peter Keeley has refused to withdraw his claim at the Smithwick Tribunal that Owen Corrigan passed information onto the IRA which led to several murders.

RTÉ
15 Dec 2011

The former British agent who worked undercover within the IRA has refused to withdraw his claim at the Smithwick Tribunal that a now retired Detective Sergeant passed information onto the IRA which led to several murders.

Peter Keeley, who also uses the name of Kevin Fulton, was asked by Jim O’Callaghan, Counsel for Mr Corrigan, to “withdraw your false statements and false claims”.

However, Mr Keeley replied: “Absolutely not. I can’t.”

The witness has said he believed Mr Corrigan passed information onto the IRA which led them to murder RUC officers, Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan, just minutes after leaving a meeting in Dundalk Garda Station in March 1989. His allegations led to the establishment of the Smithwick Tribunal.

He also claimed Mr Corrigan told the IRA that a Cooley-based farmer, Tom Oliver, was passing information to the gardaí and that he removed evidence to protect IRA members.

During his cross-examination this afternoon, Mr O’Callaghan accused Mr Keeley of making false accusations against his client to further his own agenda and disputes with his former employers.

“Effectively you’ve accused him of being a murderer,” said Mr O’Callaghan, to which Mr Keeley replied “yes.”

During his evidence today, Mr Keeley said Mr Corrigan had also removed fingerprints from a 1,000lb bomb being made in Omeath, Co Louth, when it was found by the gardaí and that he removed evidence from the vantage point used by the IRA in the Narrow Water attack where 18 British soldiers were killed by two large bombs.

Mr O’Callaghan has insisted that his client had no involvement in the first case and only interviewed one person in the second case.

Under cross examination by Michael Durack, Counsel for the Garda Commissioner, Mr Keeley claimed that he was told that the Real IRA had one million Viagra tablets to sell and as it was believed he was now working as a drug smuggler he was asked to try and find a buyer.

He got four tablets from Patrick ‘Mooch’ Blair and it was checked that the tablets were genuine. They sold legitimately for £10 each but he told Mr Blair he would get £5, which would have raised £5m for the paramilitary group.

Mr Durack said there was no record in the Garda Fraud Bureau about anything like this. Mr Keeley suggested there was a problem with the record keeping in the bureau.

He also alleged that when in the IRA he was involved in a deal with the mafia. To ensure that no one had any recording devices on them, they all had to strip naked and jump into a swimming pool before any talks took place.

Mr Keeley claimed that in his IRA unit there was at least one person, or maybe two other people, supplying information to the security forces. Mr Durack asked him did that concern him.

“No,” he replied “why would it?”

“Because you were in the internal security unit. Isn’t that what they’re supposed to find out?” said Mr Durack.

Mr Keeley replied that his only involvement with the unit was to provide transport and other items like food when people were being questioned.

Keeley denies ‘liar’ claim

Earlier, Mr Keeley denied that he is a “pathological liar”.

Mr O’Callaghan accused Mr Keeley of being an “attention seeking, egotistical, fantasist and liar.” Mr Keeley rejected the assertion.

Mr O’Callaghan also put to Mr Keeley another claim he was in a car with IRA member Patrick ‘Mooch’ Blair when Mr Corrigan got in and told them Tom Oliver was passing information to gardaí.

But Mr Corrigan was on extended sick leave when the witness said this happened, so his evidence was that of a “pathological liar” according to Mr O’Callaghan.

The witness was adamant what he said was what happened and he denied lying to the tribunal.

It was also put to him that he was part of the IRA internal security unit who murdered Mr Oliver.

In his book ‘Unsung Hero’, Mr Keeley said he was in Ireland when Mr Oliver was kidnapped and murdered but said in direct evidence he was in Paris at the time.

Mr Keeley said there were inaccuracies in the book.

“You had a man tied up, in your own words, like a chicken in the back of a van and you drove him to his death,” said Mr O’Callaghan.

Mr Keeley insisted he was not involved in what he said was the second “arrest” of Mr Oliver and his subsequent murder.

It was also put to Mr Keeley that his claim Mr Corrigan had helped remove incriminating evidence from a bomb found in Omeath could not be true because Mr Corrigan was not involved in the investigation.

The witness said he was told that “our friend” had removed fingerprints and that “our friend” was Owen Corrigan.

High Court rejects Scappaticci review

The High Court has rejected an application for a judicial review brought on behalf on Freddie Scappaticci, the man who denies he is the British agent known as ‘Stakeknife’.

He brought the action following the decision of Judge Smithwick yesterday not to allow the legal teams observe Peter Keeley while being cross-examined by all lawyers at the Smithwick Tribunal.

Mr Keeley is giving evidence from behind a screen and only when cross-examining him can counsel see him.

Its been alleged at the tribunal that Mr Scappaticci was a member of the IRA and its internal security unit known as the ‘nutting squad’.

Mr Scappaticci has denied the claims or that he was the highly-prized British agent known as ‘Stakeknife’.

Irish Examiner
December 14, 2011

A British agent who infiltrated the IRA revealed there “wasn’t a day” when the terror group was not trying to kill a member of the security forces.

Peter Keeley, who is also known as Kevin Fulton, told a tribunal into alleged Garda-IRA collusion in Ireland that he was recruited for intelligence shortly after he joined the British Army in 1980.

He said he first started putting names to faces in photographs taken from dole queues in his home town of Newry before he was given false discharge papers from the army so he could begin infiltrating the terror republican group.

Giving evidence at the Dublin inquiry behind a screen to protect his identity, the 51-year-old said the republican group did not just make bombs.

“They shot people and targeted people,” he said.

“There wasn’t a day they weren’t trying to kill a member of the security forces.”

The Smithwick Tribunal is investigating allegations of Garda collusion over the IRA murders of senior RUC officers Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan on the Irish border in 1989, minutes after a Garda meeting.

Allegations by Mr Keeley that retired Dundalk-based Detective Garda Sergeant Owen Corrigan had assisted the IRA led to the establishment of the tribunal in 2005.

Mr Corrigan and two other named gardaí, former sergeants Leo Colton and Finbarr Hickey, all deny any collusion.

Mr Keeley told Judge Peter Smithwick he became very good friends with convicted IRA bomb-maker Patrick “Mooch” Blair in 1982/83.

“His reputation was that of an IRA man, it would have been an inroad. He took me under his wing,” said Mr Keeley.

The former British agent was jailed for two years for his role in a smuggling operation before being finally ‘green booked’ by the IRA in the mid-1980s by an unidentified member (known as Man A in the tribunal) and Mooch.

Mr Keeley revealed he helped out with the terror group’s notorious internal security unit, driving suspected informers to two properties for interrogation, but denied ever taking part in them. He also claimed Freddie Scappaticci and the late John Joe Magee were in the internal security unit.

“They (suspects) would be arrested, blindfolded, sometimes cable tied – the guy in the back would always have a pair of scissors in case we were stoppered, it would be a snip, and their hands would be free,” he continued.

Interrogators also used voice stress analysers, like polygraph, Mr Keeley added.

He said he was later taught by Mooch to make fire bombs and mercury tilt switch bombs.

While always made in the Republic, particularly in Dundalk and Omeath, they were sent north – but Mr Keeley stressed he did not know where the bombs he helped make were detonated.

Mr Keeley told the tribunal that by the early 1990s he wanted out because he was stressed after a couple of incidents went wrong.

He took a job at Disneyland Paris where he got a post painting movies and the Big Thunder Mountain ride.

“I wasn’t there too long and newspaper stories appeared ‘IRA gang was in Euro Disney’,” he added.

“We lost our jobs.”

He claimed the tip-off to the Sunday Express came from the security forces.

“I was trying to rebuild my life… It was to drag me back in,” he added.

Herald.ie
Wednesday December 14 2011

A former British agent has accused a retired Garda of being involved in the murder of two senior RUC officers.

Peter Keeley (aka ‘Kevin Fulton’) told a tribunal into alleged Garda-IRA collusion the detective’s friendship with the terror group was the worst kept secret in the unit.

The agent, who infiltrated the IRA in the 1980s, claimed Dundalk-based Detective Garda Sergeant Owen Corrigan also told volunteers that a farmer was an informer.

The man, Tom Oliver from Co Louth, was later abducted and murdered.

The Smithwick Tribunal is investigating allegations of Garda collusion over the IRA murders of senior RUC officers Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan on the Irish border in 1989, minutes after a Garda meeting.

Giving evidence in Dublin behind a screen to protect his identity, 51-year-old Mr Keeley said another IRA activist who told him about the murders mentioned the words “our friend”.

“There was only one friend I knew in the gardai and that was Owen Corrigan,” said Keeley, who is also known as Kevin Fulton.

“The reference that day to ‘our friend’, I took it that it was Owen Corrigan.

“I didn’t know of anyone else in the gardai.”

Mr Corrigan has strenuously denied the allegations of collusion, which he has called a monstrous lie.

BBC
14 Dec 2011

A former British agent who worked undercover in the IRA has begun giving evidence to the Smithwick Tribunal.

Kevin Fulton said he began working for army intelligence by putting names to faces on photographs taken around social welfare offices in Newry.

‘Kevin Fulton’/Peter Keeley back in the day

He claimed he was inducted into the IRA by convicted bomb-maker Mooch Blair.

The Smithwick Tribunal was set up to look at the murders of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan.

They were killed in an IRA ambush close to the border in March 1989.

In his evidence, Mr Fulton said there was not a day when the IRA were not trying to kill a member of the security forces.

The tribunal is investigating alleged Garda collusion in the murders of the two high-ranking RUC officers.

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