IRELAND SECRETLY REASSURED BRITAIN IT WOULD NOT TO GO TO THE EU COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS OVER GIBRALTAR 3

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State Papers show Fianna Fáil government had misgivings about inquest’s limited mandate

Mairéad Farrell: one of the three members of an IRA active service unit (ASU), murdered by the SAS in Gibraltar.

The Irish government secretly reassured the British government in 1988 it would not take a case to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the outcome of an inquest into the shooting dead of three IRA members in Gibraltar that year.

However, when then Northern secretary Tom King heard taoiseach Charles Haughey intended to call for a judicial inquiry into the verdict, he warned if Haughey wanted to encounter difficulties in his relationship with prime minister Margaret Thatcher “Gibraltar was the area where this was most likely to happen”.

In a meeting with a senior Irish official, King argued the inquest had been properly conducted, reached its verdict and that closed the matter. He said the events disclosed…

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