EXCLUSIVE: IRA supergrass Raymond Gilmore says he will hand over the names of a string of Provo killers behind unsolved murders.
The 54-year-old said he has decided to “lift the lid on atrocities carried out by the IRA’s Derry Brigade’’ following publication of his story on the Belfast Daily earlier today.
He said he has been “inundated’’ with messages of support after he said he would tell the PSNI that deputy first minister Martin McGuinness ordered a number of murders in Derry stretching back over 30 years.
His revelations were first made in his new book ‘What Price Truth?’ which has just been published.
Now he has told Belfast Daily that he will name to police those who murdered:
• British soldier Christopher Shenton, 21, shot dead by an IRA sniper in January 1981 as he manned an observation post at Castle Gates , Derry which overlooked the republican Bogside district;
• Protestant Joanne Matthers, a Census worker. Mrs Mathers was shot dead in Gobnascale’s Anderson Crescent in Derry as she collected forms in 1981.
• David Montgomery who was shot dead in February 1981 at Keys timber yard in Derry. Gilmour also says he knows the identity of the killers. “One of them bragged about the shooting at an IRA meeting the next day. They had been doing dry runs the timber yard in the weeks leading up to the murder.’’
• Lord Louis Mountbatteen in 1979 in Co Sligo by planting a bomb on his boat.
Gilmour told Belfast Daily: “Thirty years ago when I was making statements to the RUC Special Branch and CID, nobody was interested in Martin McGuinness.
“Everything was being pointed away from him. Somebody had to be protecting him in the security services. You can’t be the top dog in Derry for all that time and never get charged.
“Now I am going to be asking the PSNI through my solicitor in Belfast to come and interview me about what I know happened all those years ago.
“I want this to be a fresh approach to what happened. I have the names of those involved in these murders, some of whom are leading political figures in Sinn Fein.
“These families deserve to know the real truth and also get justice.’’
Recently Gilmour was chaperoned in England by ex-security force members to meet English police officers to talk about IRA murders carried out in London and Birmigham.
A letter will be winging its way this week to PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott from Gilmour’s solicitor seeking a meeting with the former supergrass and detectives from the Terrorist Investigation Unit.
His lawyer will also be requesting that either the PSNI or Metropolitan Police put Gilmour into a witness protection scheme to prevent any attacks on him.
Gilmour appeared on the U105 Frank Mitchell show on Friday morning to talk about his life on the run from the IRA for three decades.
“It was a pre-recorded interview and they took out all the really important things that I wanted to say. I felt I was being censored.’’
He says that talking about his former past has helped to unburdened him of secrets he has known about since the late 1970s and early 1980s.
“The more I have opened up about what happened all those years ago, the better I feel.
“These people in Sinn Fein and the IRA should not be allowed to get away scot free for carrying out cold blooded murders.
“Sinn Fein and the IRA are always trying to discredit me. Why? Because they know that I know the truth.
“When I was a supergrass in the early 1980s, I wreck the IRA in Derry. I brought them to their knees.
“Now I intend to do the same. And this time I want to see Martin McGuinnnes in the dock because he has the blood of a lot of victims on his hands.’’
*What Price Truth?’ is now available to download on Amazon Kindle