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The Cold
War period
The Northern
Ireland Troubles
Agents Provocateurs
Black propaganda
Media Episodes
Political Intrigue
Monitoring Civil Society
Miscarriages of Justice
Foreign Protocols
Proxy Services
September 11
& the Aftermath
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The Northern Ireland Troubles

Agents Provocateurs

Fred Holroyd, who served as a captain in a military intelligence unit attached to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Armagh, has alleged that a Loyalist group was supplied with guns and explosives which were used to make three car bombs which exploded in Dublin in 1974, killing 26 people. Holroyd claimed that the bombing offence, on 17 May 1974 was carried out to persuade the Irish government to take tougher security measures. According to an article in the Dublin Sunday News, he said that the Loyalist gang, based in Portadown, was not aware it was working for British intelligence.

[The Guardian 2 March 1987]

James Miller was recruited by army intelligence and MI5 in 1970 when living in Monkstown,Co Antrim. He was an Englishman with an Irish Protestant wife, working as a lift engineer that enabled him to travel freely all over Ulster and to undertake his intelligence duties. He infiltrated the UDA on behalf of MI5 and “became one of its military commanders for almost five years”.

[The Sunday Times 22 March 1987]

Black propaganda

David Leigh, a correspondent on the London Observer, recounts how in the early 1970s, the readers of the ‘News of the World’ found before their eyes – “and no doubt to their bewilderment” – a front page splash, ‘Russian Sub in IRA plot sensation’, complete with aerial photograph of a Soviet conning tower awash off the coast of Donegal. Leigh believes this was the work of Hugh Mooney of the Information Research Department (IRD), a unit within the Foreign Office responsible for disinformation (black propaganda).

(David Leigh, ‘Britain’s security services and journalists: the secret story’, in British Journalism Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2000, pages 21-26;

Cold War Period