Garda file almost ready on Donaldson murder

A garda file into the murder of IRA agent Denis Donaldson is to be sent to the DPP within weeks, an inquest into his death has been told.

A garda file into the murder of IRA agent Denis Donaldson is to be sent to the DPP within weeks, an inquest into his death has been told.

During the brief hearing in Letterkenny, a solicitor representing Mr. Donaldson’s family said he had been instructed to take proceedings against the Irish State for the ongoing delays.

Mr. Donaldson, who was 56, had been operating as a British spy for 20 years and was shot dead at his Donegal cottage six years ago.

His killing at his home at home at Classey, Cloghercor, outside Glenties on April 4th, 2006 drew international media attention.

The inquest into his death was adjourned again on Thursday. Garda Supt Michael Finnan said a file on the killing would be sent to the DPP “within weeks.”

He said an adjournment was needed to allow the file to be completed and allow the DPP to take a decision on whether or not there should be prosecutions.

However, Ciaran Shiels, solicitor for the Donaldson family, told coroner Denis McCauley that he was taking an action against the Irish State under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights because of the undue delay in holding an inquest.

The delay, he said, was beyond the time period specified as unacceptable in previous cases.

The case was adjourned until November 8th.