Infamous Derry supergrass Raymond Gilmour has been handed back into the care of MI5 after NHS bosses in England said they could no longer be responsible for the treatment of his mental health issues, it’s been reported.
The Creggan man, who infiltrated both the IRA and the INLA, has been living under a secret identity in England for over 30 years. He has hit out at authorities there in recent days over his treatment after being discharged from NHS care. In an interview with the BBC he claims he has been without psychiatric help for over a year.
Gilmour reportedly suffers from mental health problems including anxiety, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, a behavioural disorder and a personality disorder. He had been under the care of the NHS. However in a letter he gave to the media the NHS is understood to have discharged the Derry man back into the care of MI5. There were fears that the NHS, in its dealings with Gilmour, ran the risk of exposing his true identity. In the letter, the informant’s consultant said discharging him back to the MI5 would be “for his own safety”.
The Derry supergrass has been reported as saying that the security services were not helping him “in any way” and he was seen as a “burden” by the NHS.
In February of this year, the Creggan informant failed in his attempt to have a tribunal find in favour of his assertion that he was abandoned by his MI5 handlers. Gilmour claimed that after saving “countless lives” by passing on information to British intelligence services, he was left living in fear of assassination by his former associates in the republican movement. He was the only witness in a trial of 35 IRA and INLA suspects which collapsed in 1984.
Gilmour said he joined the INLA in 1976 at the age of 17, as an RUC special branch agent. Four years later he moved to the IRA but his cover was blown two years later.