THE author of a controversial new book, which has lifted the lid on collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and the security forces, is to visit Galbally for a specially organised book launch and talk.
Anne Cadwallader’s Lethal Allies has uncovered evidence of collusion on a huge scale and describes how many of the murders which targeted Tyrone people were masterminded at two Dungannon farms.
The author, who is a researcher with the Pat Finucane Centre, will be launching her book at Galbally’s community centre on Sunday November 24 at 6pm.
Local people are invited to attend and take part in a question and answer session which looks set to be a no-holds-barred examination of one of the murkiest periods of the Troubles.
The organisers of the event say it has been specially arranged ‘to give people from the areas most directly affected by these state sponsored killings a chance to meet the author and those who assisted in this groundbreaking research.’
“For some it will be a time to remember dead family friends and neighbours. For others it is a unique opportunity to hear for the first time the truth behind the terror that was a way of life in what became known as the murder triangle”, they said.
“Drawing on 15 years of research, and using forensic and ballistic never before published, this book includes official documents showing that the highest in the land knew of the collusion and names those whose fingers were on the trigger and who detonated the bombs. It also draws on previously unpublished reports written by the PSNI’s own Historical Enquiries Team. Heartbreaking interviews with the bereaved families whose lives were shattered by this cold and calculated campaign are central to the book. Many of those families are from this part of East Tyrone and North Armagh.”
One extract, from an unpublished HET report, says there was “indisputable evidence of security forces collusion” that should have rung alarm bells all the way to the top of government.
Lethal Allies - British Collusion in Ireland contains other extracts of unpublished reports by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) that refer to evidence of widespread collusion.
The author claims RUC officers and members of the UDR were part of a gang operating from two farms in south Armagh and Tyrone that killed 120 people between 1972 and 1976.