McCartney calls for independent enquiries into Moreland and Mulhern murders

Alfredo "Freddie" Scappaticci pictured at the 1987 funeral of IRA man Larry Marley. Photo: Pacemaker
Alfredo "Freddie" Scappaticci pictured at the 1987 funeral of IRA man Larry Marley. Photo: Pacemaker

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said that the families of Caroline Moreland and Joseph Mulhern deserve an independent inquiry into the role of the British Secret Service and their agent ‘Stakeknife’ in their deaths.

Caroline Moreland, a Catholic mother of three, was abducted and murdered by the IRA in July 1994.

Shauna Moreland, whose mother Caroline was shot dead by the IRA. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Shauna Moreland, whose mother Caroline was shot dead by the IRA. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

IRA Volunteer, Joseph Mulhern, was shot to death in Co. Tyrone in 1993.

At the heart of the murders is a British double agent known as Stakeknife.

Freddie Scappaticci fled Belfast after being unmasked as a senior IRA commander during a terrorist trial in 1991. Scappaticci was later identified as an agent for British military intelligence, but has consistently denied being Stakeknife.

Ms. Moreland’s and and Mr. Mulhern’s murders are but two of around 300 cases of alleged collusion being investigated in the North.

Frank Mulhern, whose son Joseph was shot dead by the IRA. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Frank Mulhern, whose son Joseph was shot dead by the IRA. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“The families of Caroline Moreland and Joe Mulhern have no confidence in an investigation lead by the PSNI into the activities of British State agent ‘Stakeknife’ so they have taken their case to the High Court in order to secure an independent investigation,” said Mr. McCartney.

“It is a known fact that British intelligence and RUC Special Branch personnel colluded with agents to commit murder with impunity so there is need for an independent investigative body to carry out any inquiry into the role of Stakeknife in the conflict.”

Mr. McCartney added: “Sinn Féin support the action taken by the families today for an independent inquiry and will continue to support them in their search for the truth.”