‘Killing Rage’ – A Missing Chapter From The Story Of Eamon Collins’ Life In The IRA

As many regulars of thebrokenelbow.com will know, I have often touted ‘Killing Rage’, as one of the best, if not the best book on the IRA published during the Troubles.

Co-written by former journalist Mick McGovern, ‘Killing Rage’ tells the story of Eamon Collins’s short but eventful life in the IRA during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s which included a spell in the IRA’s spy-catcher unit.

The late Eamon Collins - found battered and stabbed to death in 1999. The IRA is suspected of his killing....

The late Eamon Collins – found battered and stabbed to death in 1999. The IRA is suspected of his killing….

Following an IRA mortar bombing of Newry RUC station in 1985, Collins, a customs officer for part of this time, was arrested and during RUC interrogation  agreed to become a ‘supergrass’ witness against former comrades, a decision which he later retracted.

He managed to beat the charges which had motivated his brief ‘supergrass’ career, was exiled by the IRA on his release but, after spells in Dublin and Edinburgh, Scotland, he took advantage of the IRA ceasefire of 1994 and returned to live in his home town of Newry, where he continued to be a thorn in the side of his former comrades, a hostility that was returned with interest by the Provos. Slogans abusive of Collins were daubed on the walls of homes in the estate where he and his family lived.

In 1995 he agreed to tell his life story on British television and two years later ‘Killing Rage’, written with Mick McGovern, who has since sadly abandoned journalism, was published.

Collins also agreed to give evidence for The Sunday Times when South Armagh IRA leader and subsequent Chief of Staff, Tom ‘Slab’ Murphy unsuccessfully sued the paper for libel. That decision may have sealed his fate.


A year later Collins was found beaten and stabbed to death not far from his home on the outskirts of Newry. He was so badly injured that he was unrecognisable and police at first thought he had been hit by a car. While no group admitted responsibility, it is widely suspected that he was killed by the IRA in revenge for giving evidence against ‘Slab’ Murphy.

When Mick McGovern and Eamon Collins submitted the draft of ‘Killing Rage’ to Granta, their publisher, sections, including one whole chapter were removed for legal reasons. Thebrokenelbow.com recently acquired the unpublished parts of the original manuscript.

The missing chapter deals with Dave Ewins, a law lecturer at Queens University Belfast Law Department where he was Collins’ tutor. Ewins was a member of the British-based Revolutionary Communist Group which gave unqualified support to the IRA and as his relationship with Collins deepened, he passed on valuable intelligence to the IRA.

Ewins is given the fictitious name ‘Richey’ in the excised chapter.


Donald Trump’s Shady Russian Connections

Notwithstanding the ongoing controversy over whether or not Russia hacked the Democratic Party to assist Donald Trump’s passage to the White House, and notwithstanding the fact that the CIA’s lies about Saddam Hussein’s non-existent WMD’s robbed that agency almost entirely of credibility in such politically sensitive matters, there is no doubt that Donald Trump has some unsavory business associations in Russia which would give the Putin regime many reasons to do what the CIA et al have accused him of.

In this lengthy, not to say scholarly piece of research by James Henry published in ‘The American Interest’ – with a foreword from that skilled Trump student, David Cay Johnston – Trump’s disagreeable associations with the Russian oligarchy, a class that owes its wealth and freedom to Putin, are minutely charted and described.

As far as I am concerned the jury is still out on who hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails but not on Trump’s repellant relationship with Russia’s ruling class.

Published on: December 19, 2016
Russia & The West
The Curious World of Donald Trump’s Private Russian Connections

Did the American people really know they were putting such a “well-connected” guy in the White House?

James S. Henry, Esq. is an investigative economist and lawyer who has written widely about offshore and onshore tax havens, kleptocracy, and pirate banking. He is the author of The Blood Bankers (Basic Books, 2003,2005), a classic investigation of where the money went that was loaned to key debtor countries in the 1970s-1990s. He is a senior fellow at the Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment, a Global Justice Fellow at Yale, a senior advisor at the Tax Justice Network, and a member of the New York Bar. He has pursued frontline investigations of odious debt, flight capital, and corruption in more than fifty developing countries, including Russia, China, South Africa, Brazil, the Philippines, Argentina, Venezuela, and Panama.

Another CIA Failure: Didn’t Foresee Collapse Of Soviet Union

POSTSCRIPT: Since filing this post, the US government has issued another report claiming that Putin hacked the DNC and via this and other processes set out to deliberately aid Trump and damage Clinton’s prospects of winning the presidential election. But the agencies, including the CIA, declined to provide evidence to back up this claim. As The Hill put it: ‘The bombshell document details the intelligence community’s findings but provides little in the way of forensic evidence backing up its assessment, citing the need to protect sources and methods.’ So here’s the choice: believe the guys who lied about Iraq’s WMD’s and missed the fall of the Soviet Union, or retain a healthy skepticism. As for me, I would prefer to push my fingers through the holes in the hand before making up my mind.


I have just started reading John Nixon’s book on the CIA’s interrogation of Saddam Hussein, who he says had virtually handed over the reins of power in Iraq to underlings and was much more interested in writing his novel than in pursuing the manufacture of WMD’s when the US decided to invade his country in 2001.

The CIA knew absolutely nothing of this state of affairs in 2001 and when told of it by Nixon preferred to ignore the underlying message, which was that the whole basis of the invasion was deeply flawed and dishonest. Nixon’s view is that the CIA is a highly political outfit and tailors the intel it provides to serving presidents according to the agency’s reading of the president’s political prejudices.

So when it came to invading Iraq, the CIA gave the Bush White House the intel it knew that the neocons wanted to read, which was that Saddam was beavering away at his stockpile of nukes and chemical weapons.

It is worth bearing this in mind when trying to assess the truth or otherwise of the claims that Vladimir Putin’s Russia hacked the DNC email server and provided the resulting material to Julian Assange so as to undermine Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump in their respected campaigns to win the White House.

The men who currently head the US intelligence establishment are in the main political appointees, placed in their positions of power by the Obama White House whose Secretary of State was Hillary Clinton. They will be gone in a few weeks when Trump replaces them with his own people. None of this is to say that this serves as proof that the allegation against Putin are fanciful; but it does raise a reasonable doubt.

The other point about the CIA is that its track record is pretty woeful and if John Nixon is correct then one reason may be this inbuilt politicisation of its prime function.

The Iraq WMD intel is not the only blunder committed by the CIA, although given the death toll, misery, chaos and danger created in the Middle East as a consequence it qualifies as the most disastrous.

But the CIA made what is arguably the greater blunder when it failed to anticipate the collapse of the Soviet Union, probably the most pivotal political event of the last quarter of the 20th century.

Was that because the CIA was just plain incompetent or because it was so closely wedded to the Cold War, the associated military-industrial complex and the US political interests all this served that it just couldn’t let go?

Here is how The New York Times reported that story. Note how the failure of the CIA’s then director, Robert Gates to notice the most significant political development of his tenure, did not in any way disqualify him from even higher office in both Democratic and Republican White Houses in subsequent years.




That Julian Assange Interview On Fox In Full

Those Pellet Fires: A Short History Of Sinn Fein’s Flip-Flops…..

We have a pellet fire upstate. They are a real pain in the rear to keep filled but they are cheap and give off a good heat. And I suspect they are more eco friendly that many other forms of heating.

But I see they are causing SF nothing but embarrassment, reflected in this story from The News Letter yesterday, dealing with the party’s flip-flopping as it strives to keep up with grassroots anger over the DUP’s apparent greed and suspected corruption.

What the affair demonstrates is Sinn Fein’s desperate need to keep the Good Friday institutions up and going. Without them, and especially the power-sharing Executive and Assembly, then the peace process will all have been for nought. Which, if you think about it, gives SF’s partners in government, the DUP, the whip hand.

Enjoy, if that is the word:

SF flip-flops wildly over backing public inquiry into RHI scandal

Declan Kearney MLA.

Declan Kearney MLA.

Sinn Fein yesterday blamed an error for what appeared to be another extraordinary flip-flop on whether it supports a full public inquiry in the RHI scandal.

Last night the party said that a “typo” had been responsible for party chairman Declan Kearney yesterday stating – both in an article for Sinn Fein newspaper An Phoblacht and a press release issued by the party – that he supported a “comprehensive, independent public inquiry”.

The South Antrim MLA’s statement was withdrawn less than two hours after being issued and a replacement statement then put out which did not contain the words “public inquiry”.

Then, with no explanation, late last night Mr Kearney re-released the original statement calling for a public inquiry.
Emailing it to the News Letter (and seemingly others) from his personal email address rather than via the Sinn Fein press office at 11.40pm, the South Antrim MLA added the words: “Please share this important information widely”.

The form which the investigation into the Renewable Heat Incentive debacle will take has now become the key political debate, with the two Executive parties – the DUP and Sinn Fein – opposing a public inquiry, while the Opposition parties and former DUP minister Jonathan Bell say that anything less will not be able to get to the truth.

A full public inquiry would be the most rigorous investigation into the affair, with the power to compel witnesses and documents.

Because it would be so thorough, it would be more expensive than a more cursory process and would involve a longer timeframe, arguments which at the weekend Sinn Fein used to justify its opposition to such a process.

Sinn Fein is instead calling for an ‘independent investigation’ – which presumably would sit behind closed doors and would not be able to force any of those abusing the RHI scheme to come before investigators – overseen by a foreign judicial figure.

Sinn Fein’s position on an inquiry has gone through numerous iterations over the last fortnight, with senior figures right up to deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald calling for a public inquiry, while others – most notably, Martin McGuinness – have wanted a much less rigorous process to be put in place.

*** December 15 : Sinn Fein MLA Michelle Gildernew said that the “ongoing revelations” about the RHI scandal “have to be fully investigated”

*** December 16: deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald called for a “public inquiry as a matter of urgency”

*** December 16: MP and Sinn Fein’s putative next deputy first minister Conor Murphy told Stephen Nolan that Sinn Fein supported an investigation up to and including a public inquiry

*** December 19: Conor Murphy told Good Morning Ulster that the inquiry must have powers to compel both witnesses and documents

*** December 30: In a statement, Gerry Adams called for a “robust and thorough investigation”, carefully avoiding any mention of a public inquiry”

*** December 31 (morning): A Sinn Fein spokesman tells the Irish News that it does not support a public inquiry because it could “drag on for years at a significant cost to the tax payers and adding to the cost of this scandal”

*** December 31 (afternoon): Belfast Sinn Fein councillor JJ Magee tweeted: “I’m all for public inquiry I’m all for the truth we need to get truth out that’s most important thing”

*** January 2, 11.16am: Sinn Fein chairman Declan Kearney called for an “independent public inquiry”

*** January 2, 1.33pm: Declan Kearney’s statement is withdrawn by the Sinn Fein press office

*** January 2, 11.40pm: Declan Kearney released his initial statement, calling for a public inquiry, via his own email.

Sinn Fein’s stance is particularly unusual as it has been more enthusiastic than any other local party in calling for public inquiries into all sorts of other matters, including plans for a gold mine in Co Tyrone, a former detective who gathered intelligence on environmental groups and a repeat of its longstanding call for a public inquiry into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane.

In what had the appearance of a tough statement yesterday, Mr Kearney said that the “growing political crisis brought about by the RHI scandal” meant that “the DUP leader should step aside from the first minister’s office to allow a time-framed, comprehensive, independent public inquiry, led by an international jurist”.

However, two hours later a statement was issued by the Sinn Fein press office saying that the previous statement had been withdrawn.

The new choice of words was identical to the initial 436-word statement, with the exception of one change – “public inquiry” had been deleted and “investigation” inserted in its place.

When asked about the change, Sinn Fein told the Press Association that it had been made due to a “typo”.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone said that Sinn Fein was “in complete disarray” about how to respond to “the biggest financial scandal in the history of devolution”.

He added: “They rolled over on their threat of ‘grave consequences’ should the first minister not resign her position.

“They are in the middle of rolling over on the need for an independent inquiry into this shambles.

“Today we saw their party chairperson attempt a U-turn in the space of a couple of hours with a revised statement. Mary Lou McDonald has yet to correct her call for a full independent inquiry to align herself with Northern Sinn Féin’s latest media strategy.

“The public are wise to the Sinn Féin two-step. They know the difference between a transparent, independent inquiry and an internal probe carried out behind closed doors and vulnerable to interference from interested parties.”

Tonight Sinn Fein will face a public test of its position on an inquiry into the RHI debacle when a motion calling for a full public inquiry under the Inquiries Act comes before Belfast City Council.

One Sinn Fein councillor who will have the chance to vote on the motion – JJ Magee – said just two days ago that he does support a public inquiry.

The motion – which calls for the council to “write to the secretary of state asking for him to initiate a full public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, pursuant to his powers of discretion under Section 1 of the Inquires Act 2005” – has been brought by independent unionist councillor Ruth Patterson.

She said: “It is clear to me that there is a great unwillingness on the part of the DUP to go down the road of a full public inquiry.

“One way of subverting this stalling by the DUP, is to appeal directly to the secretary of state to use his powers of discretion to order a full public inquiry.”

However, on Sunday the Sinn Fein group leader on the council, Jim McVeigh, said that the party would be seeking to amend the motion, seemingly to remove the call for a public inquiry and instead call for “an independent, time-framed, robust and transparent investigation” which would take no more than three months.


You Thought It Was Just A Bad Dream, But Then You Woke Up……

The First Family.....

The First Family…..


You’ll Be Seeing A Lot Of This, Maybe Too Much, In 2017….