• May 28, 2015


‘Of course the British Government has apologised but that apology is too late for many’

This will be a very brief post just to confirm to our critics the ‘bad news’ that the Celtic League has been proved right again!

We have alleged for years, long before the revelations hit mainstream media, that there was active collusion between the military and security services of the United Kingdom with criminal loyalist paramilitary gangs in N. Ireland.

Well over thirty years ago we alleged that elements of the now disbanded and thoroughly discredited Ulster Defence Regiment of the British Army were active in murder gangs on the border and in Mid Ulster. We even went to the length of circulating at the time a leaflet outlining those concerns to over 600 members of the British Parliament.

We also focused on publicising the activities of ‘4 Field Survey Troop’ which was based at various locations across Ulster but which had its main base at RAF Aldegrove.

This shadowy outfit, using SAS and ‘specialist’ personnel, coordinated targeted assassinations, bombings and also intelligence gathering including flights in and over the border area by surveillance aircraft and helicopters.

The Celtic League also revealed that the SAS and Army Air Corps were using two Agusta A109A helicopters captured during the 1982 Falklands War in border areas because of the similarity of the type to a helicopter flown by the Irish Air Corps (an article on this was published in Carn). Pointedly the MOD subsequently refused to deny our accusation.

The unit (8 Flight Army Air Corps) was described as providing ‘specialist aviation support’. It used the two ex Argentine Agusta’s and an additional two purchased new. Ironically the unit involved eventually replaced the Agusta’s with French built Dauphin helicopters which are identical to those used by the Irish Air Corps until they were retired.

Back then at the height of the Thatcher era no one was listening and the British Army and Security Services could literally get away with murder.

Now all is changed and this evening on BBC N. Ireland a programme will air detailing more allegations about this dark episode in Anglo-Irish relations.

Of course, the programme will record that the British government has apologised for what it did. However that apology is too late for the many that died on both sides of the six county border at the hands of the ‘security forces’.

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)


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