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Historical Conflicts

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 30 September 2021

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Questions (111)

Seán Haughey


111. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Defence if Irish military intelligence has analysed the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972; if the alleged role of a person (details supplied) in respect of these events as outlined in recent newspaper articles and in a new book to be published has been considered; if his attention has been drawn to claims that Bloody Sunday was in fact a pro-active counter insurgency operation instigated by the British military forces: if information in relation to this person is held by Irish military intelligence; if this information can be declassified in the interest of history; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46872/21]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

Military intelligence plays a key role in maintaining an awareness of threats to the State and to forces deployed at home and overseas. The Directorate of Intelligence is a constituent part of Defence Forces Headquarters and delivers threat assessments to the Minister for Defence, the Department of Defence as well as, through the Chief of Staff, to the National Security Committee. Liaison is also maintained between the Directorate and An Garda Síochána.

All data and records retained by Military intelligence are retained for the purpose of safeguarding the security of the State and as such any response in relation to this particular matter would be inappropriate at this time.

Question No. 112 answered with Question No. 92.