Northern Ireland

IRA 'supergrass' Raymond Gilmour returns to Londonderry

An informer whose evidence put dozens of alleged republican paramilitaries before the courts has returned to his home city of Londonderry.

Pictures of Raymond Gilmour's brief home visit appeared in the Sunday World newspaper.

The so-called "supergrass" was the only witness in the trial against IRA and INLA suspects which collapsed in 1984.

The 51-year-old said he had returned to highlight his ongoing pension dispute with his MI5 handlers.

He told the Sunday World: "Many of the people I touted on now have government paid jobs with pensions, but I don't - and I never killed anyone."

He said he had "no regrets" about his decision to become an RUC Special Branch informer and claimed he had "saved lives" by passing on information.

Raymond Gilmour is a former member of both the IRA and INLA.

His decision to testify in the early 1980s led to the arrest of about 100 republicans in his native city.

Thirty five of those detained were charged with terrorist offences.

However, the case collapsed when the then Lord Chief Justice dismissed Raymond Gilmour's evidence as being "unworthy of belief".

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