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'New lead' in Donaldson inquiry

Denis Donaldson with Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams
Mr Donaldson's body was found at an isolated cottage

Gardaí have said they are following a new line of inquiry in their investigation into the murder of Denis Donaldson.

A preliminary inquest into the death of the former Sinn Féin official and British agent took place in County Donegal on Thursday.

The 56-year-old was shot dead dead at an isolated cottage near Glenties in April 2006.

The inquest into his death has now been delayed until 2010.

No-one has ever been charged with the murder.

Mr Donaldson was expelled from Sinn Féin in December 2005 after admitting he was a paid spy.

He then moved from his Belfast home to live as a recluse in a cottage without electricity or running water.

It is the second time the inquest into Mr Donaldson's death has been delayed.

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