Northern Ireland

Decision due on inquest of IRA informer Denis Donaldson

Dennis Donaldson.
Image caption The inquest into Denis Donaldson's death has been delayed four times

A decision on the resumption of an inquest into the murder of a Sinn Fein member is expected later on Thursday.

Dennis Donaldson was shot dead at his cottage in County Donegal in April 2006.

In December 2005, the former Sinn Fein chief administrator admitted being a paid British informer for 20 years.

A hearing will be held by the coroner in Letterkenny, County Donegal, to determine if a date can be set to resume the inquest.

A preliminary inquest into his death opened in November 2007 but was delayed on four occasions as Irish police continued their investigations.

Mr Donaldson was expelled from Sinn Fein in December 2005 after admitting he had been a paid spy.

He then moved from his Belfast home to live alone in a cottage without electricity or running water. No-one has ever been charged with his murder.

Mr Donaldson's family have said they want the inquest to proceed as soon as possible.

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