Glenanne / Lethal Allies

Drawing on over 15 years of research by the PFC, and using forensic and ballistic information never before published, this book includes official documents showing that the highest in the land knew of the collusion and names those whose fingers were on the trigger and who detonated the bombs.

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Since 1999, the PFC has been working intensively on investigating events that took place in a limited geographical area stretching from Dublin in the Republic to Pomeroy in County Tyrone, but centred on the “Murder Triangle” of counties Armagh and Tyrone between 1972 and 1976.

We examined the membership of one group of killers known as “The Glenanne Gang” which included members of the RUC and Ulster Defence Regiment, hand-in-hand with loyalist paramilitaries who were responsible for around 120 deaths.

That work culminated in the October 2013 publication of the best-selling Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland (Mercier Press) which has sold over 20,000 copies.

We have given evidence on state collusion in these murders to the

  • British House of Commons;
  • Dáil Eireann in Dublin;
  • Two Congressional committees in Washington DC;
  • Federal Parliament in Australia.

The book is currently being the subject of a planned 90-minute full-length feature documentary film Unquiet Graves due for broadcast in spring 2017.

Latest Articles

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    The only man convicted of a Co Tyrone pub bombing linked to a loyalist unit behind more than 100 murders named alleged accomplices, the High Court has heard. Counsel for the brother of a teenager killed in the St Patrick's Day attack on the Hillcrest Bar 40 years ago argued there is now fresh eviden...
  • Son speaks out on anniversary of Glenanne gang pub killings

    THE son of a victim of the notorious Glenanne gang has demanded answers as to why the State concealed the fact one of the men convicted of the double attack on an Armagh village 40 years ago was a serving RUC officer.
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    Today, 4 January 2016, is the 40th anniversary of the co-ordinated loyalist gun attacks on our family homes that left three members of each of our families dead and a number of others injured including Barney O’Dowd (father and brother of three of the deceased). On this day we remember Joe, Declan a...
  • History-making judicial review into mass murder starts at Belfast High Court

    Today (Thurs, 7 May 2015) a supporting legal action begins in the High Court as lawyers acting for the families of 120 people challenge the British government and the PSNI. At the centre of the action is a thematic report into collusion between members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the Ulster De...
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    Patrick Barnard died in a 1976 bomb attack in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. His brother Eddie is now taking a legal challenge against the PSNI.