IRA supergrass Gilmour fails in case against MI5

Raymond Gilmour has been living in hiding under a secret identity for the past 30 years. (Picture: Derry Journal)
Raymond Gilmour has been living in hiding under a secret identity for the past 30 years. (Picture: Derry Journal)

Infamous Derry IRA supergrass Raymond Gilmour has failed in his attempt to have a tribunal find in favour of his assertion that he was abandoned by his MI5 handlers.

Mr 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.

Mr Gilmour, originally from Creggan, has lived under a false identity in England for 30 years.

He claimed his MI5 handlers promised him £500,000, a new home, psychiatric support and a pension, the BBC is reporting this evening.

However, he said he was provided with modest accommodation and £600 a month for three years and was not provided with employment.

He said he had suffered from alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of his role and had been left destitute.

Mr Gilmour sought recourse to The Investigatory Powers Tribunal which examines complaints against the intelligence services.

It has not given reasons for its decision to reject the Derry informer’s case.

In a letter to Mr Gilmour, the assistant tribunal secretary said: “The tribunal is only permitted to inform such a complainant that no determination has been made in his favour.

“The tribunal is not permitted to give any reasons for its determination.”

Mr Gilmour is reported to be “absolutely disgusted”, adding: “I don’t think they’ve spoken to the proper people or the proper authorities.

“I can’t understand how they came to the decision. It reminds me of a kangaroo court with the IRA. It’s like the security services are investigating themselves.”

Mr 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.

The former supergrass claims he brought both the INLA and the IRA “to their knees in Derry” and “saved countless lives.”