Informer approaches in Armagh
Phoblacht has learned that the RUC in Armagh are continuing
their campaign to recruit young men from the area to act as
One young man, a 16-year old, was approached last Wednesday at
the Armagh RUC barracks after being arrested on a minor criminal
damage charge. The young man was asked to name names and watch
people in the local area in return for his charges being dropped.
In the second RUC recruitment attempt, a 22-year-old man from the
Middletown area was approached at the Armagh RUC barracks on
Saturday 7 October. The man, attending the barracks on driving
offences, was told the charges would be dropped if he informed on
people involved in Sinn Fein work in the area, and was pressured
into going to local bars but particularly a bar in Armagh that
Sinn Fein activists frequent.
Local Sinn Fein councillor, Sean McGirr said ``these approaches
are part of a recent upsurge in covert RUC activity. The RUC
tactic of approaching vulnerable individuals to act as informers
is continuing. Recent victims have rejected any deal or
compromise offered by the RUC and I urge anyone who has been
approached, or who is working for the RUC to come forward.''