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    We have posts about the events at Kincora Boys Home scattered in a number of threads. Now, with several heavily redacted files released, it seems appropriate to have a dedicated thread on Kincora, William McGrath of the UVF, and his MI5/16 handlers and the British State role.


    BY ADRIAN RUTHERFORD – 27 DECEMBER 2013
    A FORMER religious preacher involved in loyalist circles, who was a suspect in the Kincora abuse scandal, walked free because of perjured evidence, the UK's most senior legal figure was told.

    In a private meeting, Attorney General Michael Havers and senior Government officials were briefed on the man's links to the children's home – and how a file on his case had been destroyed.
    Dozens of children were said to have been abused at Kincora, a children's home in east Belfast.
    Three senior staff – William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains – were jailed in 1981 for the abuse, but there have been suggestions of a mass cover-up by the Secret Service, which was rumoured to be protecting high-ranking paedophiles in the military, Civil Service and politics.
    Today's revelations will fuel those suspicions. The scandal is referred to in several files released by the Public Record Office under the 30-year rule. However, the files have been redacted with key papers removed – while one file couldn't be found.
    One file contains a note of the private meeting in February 1982 attended by senior members of the political and legal establishment, including the Attorney General, Secretary of State Jim Prior, the Lord Chancellor Quintin Hogg and Sir William Bourne, a barrister and senior civil servant.
    Just before the meeting, Mr Havers had spoken to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.
    According to the memo, Mr Havers learned that the RUC was investigating three separate aspects of the Kincora affair.
    "The first concerned a man... who in 1972 was falsely acquitted on the basis of perjured evidence; the file on his case has subsequently been destroyed by a bomb," the memo reports.
    Mr Havers was also told how the man may have withheld information on a notorious murder which took place nine years earlier.
    The body of 10-year-old Brian McDermott was discovered in a sack in the River Lagan in September, 1973. No one was ever convicted of the killing. The meeting was told that the information provided "conflicted with what the RUC had previously told ministers and officials".
    The Kincora scandal first emerged in January 1980.
    It was later claimed the RUC had been informed of the abuse at the home years earlier but did nothing. McGrath, who was leader of an obscure loyalist paramilitary group called Tara, was said to be on the payroll of MI5 and MI6.
    A confidential Government note in the files said: "It is claimed that influence was brought to bear on the police not to pursue their enquiries."
    It added: "There are persistent rumours that 'guilty men' in high places have not been brought to justice." The note concluded that it was unlikely the "vague rumours" would be substantiated.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...-29868826.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McGrath

    In 1966 McGrath produced a series of leaflets in defence of Gusty Spence, the leader of recently formed Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), who was on remand for the murder of two young Catholics. McGrath's leaflets alleged that both victims were active communists and claimed that the UVF had been established by members of the Official Unionist Party, with Jim Kilfedder named specifically as being involved. The leaflet was an attempt to both smear the mainstream unionist party and to deflect criticism from Paisley, who was at the centre of speculation linking him with the UVF.[16] McGrath was not a member of any established branch of religion, with his evangelical group being independent, something Fraser Agnew put down to McGrath's unwillingness to be constrained by the rules of any organisation.[17]
    In November 1966 McGrath reconstituted the Cell as Tara, choosing the name to reflect his belief in the Irish heritage of his politico-religious mission.[18] The group, which endorsedBritish Israelism, sought to develop a network across unionism and loyalism.[4] With the UVF under the command of Samuel McClelland in the late 1960s McGrath sought to forge close links between the UVF and Tara.[19] McGrath's link-up with the UVF saw his profile and that of Tara rise and by the summer of 1969 he had had to acquire a printing press to meet the demand for tracts, flyers and news-sheets.[20] Although initially the two groups co-operated closely a number of people contacted McClelland to tell him that McGrath was gay and that he was using the Tara-UVF link as a way to pick up young men. McClelland confronted McGrath who fiercely denied the allegations but nevertheless the relationship between the UVF and Tara was terminated and McClelland burnt the Tara ledger in which the names of his UVF men had been entered.[21]
    According to Martin Dillon McGrath held influence over Charles Harding Smith and encouraged him to establish the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) in 1971, reasoning that the group could replace the recently disbanded Ulster Special Constabulary.[22] A leaflet distributed amongst loyalists calling for vigilante groups such as the Shankill Defence Association and theWoodvale Defence Association to form into one "army", a document that effectively brought the UDA to life, was actually written by McGrath, according to Chris Moore.[23] Moore further argues that McGrath's MI5 handlers had instructed him to write this document as they hoped to control loyalist counter-insurgency through the UDA.[24] His influence in the UDA in its early years was, according to Dillon, demonstrated by the fate of Ernie Elliott, a leading figure in the early days of the UDA West Belfast Brigade who eventually was killed by another UDA member. Dillon argues that McGrath's secret service handlers implored him to launch a whispering campaign against Elliott, who had flirted with communist and had been rumoured to be seeking a rapprochement with the Official IRA, and that as a result McGrath circulated rumours about Elliott enriching himself from racketeering and illegal drinking dens, rumours that helped to bring about Elliott's downfall.[25]
    Although Tara was not active in paramilitary terms like the UDA and UVF, the group continued to exist during the 1970s and in 1974 McGrath even smuggled in a consignment of guns from the Netherlands for them to use in the event of a "doomsday" scenario, which he predicted was coming soon.[26] McGrath also sought to build links with Rhodesia and even sent two members of Tara to join the Rhodesian Army.[27] Further members were settled in South Africa where they would eventually become involved in securing a cache of weapons for the UDA and Ulster Resistance (although McGrath was not involved in this smuggling, as it occurred after his imprisonment).[28]
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    The RUC/PSNI have all the answers.

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    On Colin Wallace's evidence on Kincora

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...osed-1.1875925

    New information from last night's Spotlight BBC documentary.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-29516208
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    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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    "If you go far enough to either extreme of the political spectrum, Communist or fascist, you'll find hard-eyed men with guns who believe that anybody who doesn't think as they do should be incarcerated or exterminated. " - Jim Garrison, Former DA, New Orleans.

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    Blackmailed?

    Paisley was a prisoner of the Kincora cover-up which he never exposed because he was probably being blackmailed by Loyalist William McGrath, housefather, at Kincora, who knew Paisley had been involved in bombings in the late 1960s
    by Joseph de Búrca 22 December, 2017, 1:13 pm 2 Comments



    As the Democratic Unionist Party rises to notoriety across the UK and EU for scuppering poor Theresa May’s first effort at a deal in Brussels, it’s timely to consider a hidden side of the party’s charismatic, and always notorious, progenitor, the Reverend, Dr Ian Paisley.

    Last month, Village revealed that Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (NI), 2007-2008, had participated in the coverup of the rape and abuse of children at Kincora Boys Home. It may have been that he had been forced into doing this because John Dunlop McKeague, a sadistic Loyalist terrorist, and his confrere, William McGrath, knew some of his darkest secrets, and had blackmailed him into coming to their assistance as they faced odium, disgrace and imprisonment for their child-abuse crimes at Kincora.
    The evidence of Colin Wallace, a former British Army PSYOPS officer, has provided Village with a shrewd insight into the type of lethal information McGrath and McKeague acquired about Paisley during the 1960s.

    Paisley was not a child-abuser but McGrath and McKeague were prolific offenders. Notwithstanding Paisley’s efforts to help them evade justice, McGrath would be convicted for his crimes at Kincora in 1981. McKeague would be assassinated in early 1982 shortly after an interview with the RUC about the scandal.

    These three Loyalists went back a long way: McKeague had once served as Paisley’s bodyguard; McGrath was often at Paisley’s side. Paisley would be haunted by his association with them until the end of his life in 2014. To his last breath, he would maintain he had not known about the abuse at Kincora before it was finally exposed in 1980’.
    Belying this, in October 1973 Valerie Shaw, a member of Paisley’s church, informed him that McGrath was abusing children at Kincora. Paisley fobbed her off with empty promises to do something about it but failed to act. She denounced him in public in 1982.

    Nonetheless, through a combination of bluster and compromised inquiries, Paisley weathered the Kincora storm.

    Insofar as the overall Kincora scandal is concerned, the Hart Report of 2017 concluded that the UK’s intelligence services had not been aware of the abuse at Kincora, but there is compelling evidence that they were. In addition, a number of declassified files furnished to the Hart Inquiry reveal the depth of knowledge possessed by both the British Government and Paisley about the activities of William McGrath, and the inner workings of his paramilitary organisation, Tara.

    The current relationship between the Tories and the DUP is fraught with distrust and tension. This is not something new: Paisley was always suspicious about the existence of dirty trick operations directed against him and the DUP from London. A particular low point was a report which appeared in the Guardian newspaper on 28 April 1987 which stated that MI5 – an organ of the British Government – had contemplated murdering him.

    Catholics who “breed like rabbits and multiply like vermin”

    Paisley had bounded onto the political stage in the 1950s eager to launch a broadside at any Protestant who dared offer the hand of friendship to the Catholic Church. In 1958 when the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret visited Pope John, he accused them of “committing spiritual fornication and adultery with the Anti-Christ”.

    On another occasion he spoke of how Catholics were prone to “breed like rabbits and multiply like vermin”.
    More here:

    https://villagemagazine.ie/index.php...2/blackmailed/
    Last edited by pluralist; 31-12-2017 at 01:43 AM.
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