Cabinet to discuss Cory reports

The cabinet is expected to discuss the Cory reports on alleged Garda-IRA collusion when it meets in Dublin this morning.

The cabinet is expected to discuss the Cory reports on alleged Garda-IRA collusion when it meets in Dublin this morning.

The reports, which dealt with two IRA attacks in the late 1980s, were presented to the Government in October and are expected to be published later this week.

Retired Canadian judge Peter Cory was appointed by the Irish and British governments to investigate six paramilitary murders surrounded by allegations of security force collusion.

The reports presented to the Irish Government dealt with the murder Lord Chief Justice Maurice Gibson and his wife in 1987 and the killing of RUC officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan in 1989.

The two RUC officers were ambushed by the IRA on the Louth-Armagh border while returning from a meeting with their garda counterparts.

The Chief Justice and his wife, meanwhile, died when their car was blown up by the IRA near Newry shortly after it had parted with its garda escort.

Mr Cory has also drawn up reports on six murders in the North that have led to allegations of collusion.

These murders include the loyalist killings of Catholic solicitors Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson in 1989 and 1999 respectively.

Mr Cory was also asked to investigate the murder of Catholic civilian Robert Hamill by loyalist paramilitaries in 1997 and the murder of LVF leader Billy Wright by the INLA inside the Maze Prison in the same year.

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