Donaldson family release new details about murder

The wife of murdered former leading Sinn Féin member, Denis Donaldson, had been staying with him in his cottage near Doochary when he was shot, it has emerged.

The wife of murdered former leading Sinn Féin member, Denis Donaldson, had been staying with him in his cottage near Doochary when he was shot, it has emerged.

The Donaldson family have released new information about the 56-year-old’s death following the fifth anniversary of his murder in Donegal.

The family has also raised fresh concerns about the PSNI and Garda investigation into his death.

It was widely believed that Mr. Donaldson had been staying in the cottage on his own after he fled Belfast in the wake of his admission that he had worked as a British agent. He was murdered by the Real IRA at the remote cottage on April 4th, 2006.

His family have revealed in a statement that Mr. Donaldson’s wife Alice had been staying with him but she was not present when the murder took place.

The family are also claiming that Mr. Donadlson’s PSNI handler, identified as Lenny, has information about the murder.

In a statement issued through Madden and Finucane Solicitors, the family said British security agencies had a part to play in his death.

Releasing a copy of a police document which informed Mr. Donaldson that members of the media believed he was an informant, the family said it showed that the role played by PSNI special branch was central to the murder.

Any investigation into the murder must examine Mr. Donaldson’s police handler, they say.

“Lenny is ultimately informed about the events surrounding Denis’s murder. Lenny holds the answers to many questions,” they said.

“We believe five years is sufficient time to answer our fundamental questions. These include serious discrepancies and anomalies in accounts relating to the circumstances leading up to Denis’s murder,” they said.

The family were to meet with gardaí week to discuss the investigation for the first time in over two years but the meeting was postponed.

The PSNI said it has referred the family’s comments to the Police Ombudsman in the North.