Man appears in court over murder of IRA informer Denis Donaldson

Former Sinn Féin member was shot dead in 2006 after being exposed as spy

Denis Donaldson

Denis Donaldson, centre, with Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams in 2005 | Photo: Paul Faith/PA

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with the murder of IRA informer Denis Donaldson.

Patrick Gillespie of Craigvar Street in Glasgow, Scotland, is accused of withholding information from gardaí between April 3rd, 2006, and July 26th, 2016.

Mr Gillespire was remanded in custody until tomorrow, when the court will hear a bail application.

He was arrested in Donegal on Tuesday and held at Letterkenny garda station.

A second man, in his 40s, was also detained but has since been released without charge.

Mr Donaldson, a former leading Sinn Féin member, was shot dead in the Doochary area of Donegal in April 2006. It happened months after he was exposed as an agent who had worked for MI5 for over 20 years.