Headquarter Northern Ireland Intelligence Summaries (HQNI INTSUMs) were prepared in Lisburn Headquarters by a team under the Director of Intelligence, a senior officer of the British Security Service, also known as MI5.

For his role in the north of Ireland in 1971 “David” (as he was code-named  during the Bloody Sunday Inquiry) assumed the equivalent military rank of Major General. He ran a department made up of other MI5 operatives and British army intelligence officers.

The Director liaised daily with the RUC, especially its Special Branch, “to co-ordinate the intelligence gathering efforts of the various elements of the security forces operating… at the time”.

The black propaganda from this unit was drip-fed through intelligence information streams and to Whitehall.

This was how easy it was for the British state to synchronize the McGurk’s Bar psychological operation. None of the civilians in the bar were members of the Irish Republican Army.

MI5 and British Army disinformation: McGurk's Bar

Further Information

Read the Headquarters Northern Ireland Intelligence Summary

Read the article on Director of Intelligence, David Eastwood, on Powerbase

Follow the Disinformation Paper Trail as I release each one on Facebook

Read Allison Morris’ ground-breaking article in the Irish News when we released the archives in 2010:

“McGurk’s cover-up justified nationalist-only Internment: MI5 involved in pretext of IRA own-goal claim”

Ciarán MacAirt is an Irish writer and author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth.

He also manages Paper Trail, an innovative social enterprise which offers legacy archive research services and helps families unearth the truth hidden in public records.

Ciarán – who has written posts on The McGurk's Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth.


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