Could Real IRA claim put ex-cop in danger?

The Real IRA say they will kill garda informants after admitting responsibility for a bomb attack last week on a man that it has been claimed was exposed by an ex-Donegal based garda.

The Real IRA say they will kill garda informants after admitting responsibility for a bomb attack last week on a man that it has been claimed was exposed by an ex-Donegal based garda.

The Real IRA say they will kill garda informants after admitting responsibility for a bomb attack last week on a man that it has been claimed was exposed by an ex-Donegal based garda.

Navan based Paddy Dixon (48) was later discharged from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he was treated for injuries to his face, hands and body as a result of the blast, which showered him with shards of glass.

In a statement, the Real IRA said: “Dixon was an informer and he passed on information to gardai. We want to send a message out that if you are an informer we will get you. It is 12 years since this emerged and his life remains in danger. He was a known informer. He had been in and out of the country for the last number of years. We thought the best option was to blow him up to send out a message to all other informers that you will be killed. He is very lucky he is still alive.”

But now it has been claimed that allegations that a former Donegal Garda Detective-Sergeant had exposed the Real IRA operative has now placed the ex-cop’s life in danger too.

Allegations surfaced in a national newspaper that the reason why Dixon was targeted was due to the claim he had been named as an informant by Ballybofey-based former Detective-Sergeant, John White. White has strenuously denied this. White was sacked from An Garda Siochana in December 2006 as a result of one finding in the Morris Tribunal in relation to the Ardara module.

His solicitor, Paudge Dorrian said: “One of the major problems is that John White’s life has been put in danger as a result of the publication of an allegation that he was the person who exposed Paddy Dixon as a garda informant. This is not so,” said Paudge Dorrian.

Mr White said he was “absolutely stunned” with the publicity which completely blamed him for outing Paddy Dixon and named him as a tout.

He added that irrespective of any other consideration, the Morris Tribunal findings which saw Mr White dismissed form his job, were “opinions of one retired senior citizen and they had no validity, either at law or in fact”.

“They have no legal status,” he claimed.

“My opinion, John White’s opinion or the opinion of the man walking down the street has the same validity as Morris’s opinion and consequently has to be ignored and should be ignored. It’s time that the Morris Tribunal saga was exposed for what it really is, a farce.”

John White was acquitted in two separate trials for any wrongdoing by two separate juries in Donegal.

In relation to future actions involving Mr White, Mr Dorrian revealed that certain proceedings were in train at the moment and they hoped to expose further matters at a later stage including statements that, he claimed, were withheld by An Garda Siochana.

“We are now calling for an inquiry into this matter on the following grounds: the lives of Dixon and White have been put in jeopardy; immeasurable damage has been done to the White family as a result of last Wednesday’s publication; offences relating to my client under the Official Secrets Act were never investigated, no disciplinary action was taken against those involved, no proceedings were taken by the Minister for Justice or the Garda Commissioner in relation to the breaches of security and no action was taken by Mr Frederick Morris as chairman of the tribunal,” he said.

Mr Dorrian added it was unprecedented where a breach of the Official Secrets Act was alleged that it was not investigated. “It has now become so important with the attack on Mr Dixon’s life,” he said.