British Spy-Handler Says Hegarty Was Sacrificed to Save 'Agent McGuinness'

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), October 2, 2011 | Go to article overview

British Spy-Handler Says Hegarty Was Sacrificed to Save 'Agent McGuinness'


Byline: Suzanne Breen

THE British intelligence officer who was one of Frank Hegarty's handlers and guards believes the Derry informer was sacrificed in order to protect Martin McGuinness's secret life as a spy.

Ian Hurst, using the alias Martin Ingram, was the person who outed senior IRA man Freddie Scappaticci as the British agent Stakeknife so his allegations about Mr McGuinness appear to carry weight. He even claims to know the codename Mr McGuinness was given - J118. Mr McGuinness has strongly denied the allegations. Mr Hegarty's family allege that Mr McGuinness lured him home from hiding in 1986 when he was killed by the IRA.

Mr Hurst said he was stunned when Mr Hegarty was rapidly promoted through IRA ranks despite other republicans being warned that he was a long-standing British agent.

Mr Hurst worked in Derry for the covert military group, the Force Research Unit (FRU). 'Frank was hired as an agent in the 1970s, spying on the Official IRA. His cover was blown in 1975 and he was beaten up by the Officials,' Mr Hurst has said.

'We re-recruited him in 1982 as a low-level "eyes-and-ears" informer to spy on the Provisional IRA. Then, myself and a colleague Brian were called in by Derry FRU boss John Tobias and told that Frank was to be instructed to get close to Martin McGuinness.

'We burst out laughing and my colleague said to Tobias, "What have you been smoking?" Hegarty's name was mud in republican circles in Derry, nobody trusted him. We thought he hadn't a hope in hell of getting near someone with as much savvy as McGuinness.' But Mr Hegarty amazingly went 'from zero to hero in the Provos', Mr Hurst said. 'The biggest ever IRA arms shipment from Libya arrived in 1985 and Frank was entrusted with organising the dumps.

'Every senior member of the Derry Provisional IRA opposed Frank's promotion saying, "He's a tout". …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

British Spy-Handler Says Hegarty Was Sacrificed to Save 'Agent McGuinness'
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.