Sinn Fein driver exposed as British spy

Feb. 9, 2008 at 2:02 PM

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- British sources say a former Sinn Fein driver is in protective custody after being exposed as a British spy who infiltrated the party in Northern Ireland.

Roy McShane, 59, often drove Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and was a driver and security guard for senior party leaders from the first cease-fire in Northern Ireland in 1994, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

McShane allegedly worked for years for MI5, the British agency charged with collecting intelligence on paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, reported The Irish Times.

McShane admitted his MI5 role to his family in west Belfast Thursday and then left in protective police custody, the Times reported. Sinn Fein Assembly Member Alex Maskey said McShane will have to make peace with his family but he has nothing to fear from other members of Sinn Fein.

"He's safe; let's face it ,the war is over. I see him under no threat at all from republicans," Maskey said.

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