IMG_3537A BOOK by former IRA supergrass is back online for sale after it was taken down due to a legal threat, we can reveal.

The book – What Price Truth? – was temporarily withdrawn from sale on Amazon after Raymond Gilmour publicly named the woman who provided the weapon used to murder census worker Joanne Mathers.

Following discussions between Gilmour’s legal team and a solicitor acting for the woman, her name has now been removed from the book in a new updated online version.

A source said: “The new updated version is back online.

“It was a minor hiccough but the matter has now been resolved.

“The book was selling extremely well up until this legal problem arose.

“We expect a lot more people will buy it now that it is back online.”

Gilmour still plans to name the woman who provided the murder weapon when he is interviewed by detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit (TIU) at a police station in England in the coming weeks.

Mother-of-one Joanne Mathers was shot dead by the IRA in Derry in 1981 as she collected census forms in the city.

The murder was a warning to other Census workers to stay out of the city.

Speaking from his hideaway home in England, Gilmour has told Belfast Daily that he has recalled the information about the woman following the publication of his book ‘What Price Truth?’.

“This woman, who was a good looking girl in her day, came over from the Shantallow area and walked to the Waterside in the east to provide the gun.

“The murder weapons was .357 Magnum revolver which had been stolen from the home of a part-time RUC officer.

“This girl was a courier for the IRA in the city. She never came to the attention of the police which allowed her to move easily from the west bank to the east bank of Derry.

“When I am being interview by the PSNI in due course I will tell that Martin McGuinness ordered Joanne Mather’s murder; that this woman couriered the gun across the city for the murder; and I will name the man who shot her.

“I believe on the strength of my statements all three people should be arrested and questioned. If not, then I am just wasting my time,” added Gilmour.

The woman who provided the murder weapon had a brother shot dead by the security forces in Derry.

Gilmour is currently working with trusted ex-security force members both in Northern Ireland and the UK in an effort to have McGuinness indicted for IRA terrorist offences.

The group was founded by an ex-RUC man and set up to investigated McGuinnness’s role IRA murders after the PSNI initially refused to get involved.

Gilmour was assisted in getting his best selling book published by former ex-British soldier turned writer Ken Wharton.

He was instrumental in the book project coming to fruition.

The front cover of Ken Wharton's current book

The front cover of Ken Wharton’s current book

Wharton, who served with the Royal Green Jackets, is currently putting together a new book due out in 2016.

The book will look at role of the IRA’s Internal Security department.

His current book available to buy on Amazon, ‘Wasted Years, Wasted Lives Volume 2’, deals with the British Army and its role in Northern Ireland between 1978 and 1979.

Raymond Gilmour says he has little love for his former IRA commander in Derry.

“Martin McGuinness is now the deputy first minister in Northern Ireland but he appears to have forgotten all about his past in Derry.

“I mean, he was the man who taught me and republicans in Derry anti-interrogation techniques to prepare us for our arrest by the RUC and British Army.

“To look at him now he thinks he is a statesman but his hands are dripping in the blood of many, many people. People shouldn’t forget that.’’

McGuinness has two previous convictions for IRA membership in the Republic.

However, he has never been charged in a Northern Ireland court despite the security forces believing he was head of the IRA’s Northern Command and also Chief of Staff at one stage.

Gilmour says he was never asked to provide any information on McGuinness when it came to his supergrass trial in the early 1980s.

“It just never came up with my handlers. It is alright being wise after the event, but it does pose the question was he working for the Brits after all. Somebody was protecting him, I believe.

“He was the top Provo in Derry and the police didn’t want to put him away at the supergrass trials.’’

Gilmour was the only witness in the supergrass trial of 35 INLA and IRA suspects but it collapsed in 1984.

Former IRA supergrass Raymond Gilmour

Former IRA supergrass Raymond Gilmour

The then Lord Chief Justice Lord Lowry dismissed Gilmour’s evidence as being “unworthy of belief”.

However, Gilmour, who was essentially a ‘wheel man’ for the IRA during attacks in Derry, says Lord Lowry was wrong.

“I knew I was telling the truth, I was told there were deals struck by RUC men behind the scenes that decisions had to be made that wouldn’t be palatable for me, so I was going to be the fall guy,” he says.

Creggan-born Gilmour first joined the INLA when he was 17 working as a covert agent for RUC Special Branch.

After a fallout, he left the INLA and later joined the IRA in 1980, passing back information on Provo players and operations.

However, two years later his cover was blown when police used information he supplied to recover a machine gun.

“I brought the INLA to their knees in Derry, I brought the IRA to their knees in Derry and I saved countless lives,” he says proudly.

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