Brigadier Frank Kitson

The MRF and its Director of Terrorism

Digging for documents in the National Archives in Kew, London, at the start of the year, a “personal and confidential” letter dated 30th December 1971 caught my eye. It was from Howard Smith, Whitehall’s UK Representative in Northern Ireland, to leading civil servant, Philip Woodfield CBE, head of the Northern Ireland department at the Home […]

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Secret Documents Shed Light on Shadowy Force

Following from a lead story in the Irish News (Allison Morris, 3.3.10):   Army knew about two of the Disappeared 38 years ago The documents unearthed by Justice for the Forgotten and the Pat Finucane Centre and offered to the McGurk’s campaigners have proved invaluable to our research of the MRF (Irish News 3.3.10). Their […]

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Colonel claimed Irish News was IRA mouthpiece

Allison Morris, Irish News, 29th October 2009   A briefing document written almost four decades ago by the British army’s then head of information, Colonel Maurice Tugwell, accused The Irish News of being an “organ for printing IRA propaganda”. The document – dated November 9 1971 – was uncovered by the campaigning families of the […]

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