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Veteran republican's spy statement
Denis Donaldson
Denis Donaldson said he had been a British agent since the 1980s
Veteran Sinn Fein official Denis Donaldson has admitted he was a paid British agent for two decades.

Here is his statement in full, which he made to Irish broadcaster RTE at a Dublin hotel.

"My name is Denis Donaldson. I worked as the Sinn Fein Assembly group administrator in Parliament Buildings at the time of the PSNI raid on the Sinn Fein offices in October 2002, the so-called Stormontgate affair.

"I was a British agent at the time.

"I was recruited in the 1980s after compromising myself during a vulnerable time in my life.

"Since then, I have worked for British intelligence and the RUC/PSNI Special Branch. Over that period I was paid money.

"My last two contacts with Special Branch were as follows: two days before my arrest in October 2002, and last night, when a member of Special Branch contacted me to arrange a meeting.

"I was not involved in any republican spy ring at Stormont.

"The so-called Stormontgate affair was a scam and a fiction. It never existed. It was created by Special Branch.

"I deeply regret my activities with British intelligence and RUC/PSNI Special Branch.

"I apologise to anyone who has suffered as a result of my activities as well as to my former comrades, and especially to my family who have become victims in all of this."

See footage of Denis Donaldson at Stormont

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