THE inquest into the dissident republican murder of former IRA member turned British spy Denis Donaldson has been adjourned again – for the 16th time!
Donaldson was murdered on April 4, 2006 in a isolated cottage in the rural village of Doochary in West Donegal.
It is believed dissident republicans carried out the murder of Donaldson who was a close friend of republican Bobby Sands.
And he was also Sinn Fein’s director of election and a close confidante of party chiefs Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness
At today’s inquest hearing, Garda Superintendent Michael Finan requested a further six-month adjournment.
He told the hearing that he was making another adjournment request as he remained “very confident a criminal investigation could take place”
However, he stressed to the court that he required more time – as he needs to present all evidence to the DPP correctly.
Donegal Coroner Denis McCauley asked Superintendent Finan did he remain as confident as he did about criminal proceedings being launched as he did six-months ago.
Superintendent Finan replied that his confidence had not been diminished and he remains as confident now as he did six-months ago.
Coroner McCauley said he shared the frustrations of the family of Denis Donaldson who only found out about the adjournment request by the An Garda Siochana yesterday.
He said that in the future if the An Garda Siochana were seeking another adjournment then they should inform the family immediately as oppose to them having to sought an answer.
Mr McCauley said he feels the information he has been provided makes him confident that there is an active investigation taking place and there is a possibility that there could be a criminal investigation into his murder.
The Coroner agreed to the adjournment, but proposed that the adjournment should only be three months as oppose to the six month adjournment requested by Superintendent Finan.
He added that he very conscious of the time frame since Mr Donaldson’s death and said it’s important to meet in three months and review where the investigation is at and that is was the appropriate time frame.
Mr McCauley adjourned the inquest to the 9th of December but did reiterate that if Gardai do seek another adjournment then they should inform the family as early as they possibly can.