Daniel Bradley queries the provenance of the Provisional IRA. Daniel Bradley is a Derry justice campaigner.
One must ask oneself, looking at the outcome of the past in the papers and on the news about informers, especially Scappaticci, if MI5 And MI6 did create the Provisional IRA?
At the age of 16 in 1972 I went looking for my brother's informer who was well up in the organisation, who very cleverly tried to set me up in the Telstar bar. Three days later he got me a bad beating at the back of the Stardust for driving a car without permission.
I will make no comment as to what was in the car, but it would have caused a lot of problems for a lot of people so I took it away. I then joined the Irish army. Again the informer interfered and communicated with MI5 who communicated with the Irish army and told the army that I communicated with the IRA which was lies.
I was sent into a raiding party in Buncrana. I left the Irish army the next day because they had betrayed me. Behold a certain member of the IRA came to my home in Sunbeam Terrace and said that I had to get out of Derry. This was late 1975. I told him to go Fcuk himself.
I went to Creggan that Friday night where I was attacked in the Creggan community centre on the orders of this certain person. But like my brother I stood my ground and proceeded to keep doing what I was doing and keep looking out for my brother's informer.
From 1972 till 1984 I gathered enough information to put a story in the Derry Journal. The informer got scared and to scare me, I believe that they shot Kevin Coyle outside my house in Bishop Street. That did not deter me either. I am still here in Derry. I have not run away.
I have now come to the conclusion that MI5 and MI6 are using Northern Ireland as a scapegoat, as they create organisations and they teach their men how to become good spies and how to make informers like Scappaticci, so that they can send them away well trained to other countries, using their intelligence that they learned through the troubles in N. Ireland.