ROC has been peddling friendly fire for years,as if it would not leak out if it did happen
It was investigated at the time. As best as could by the Murder squad.
It is not widely known, That the Gardai had identified the location of the hide-out to the general Balinamore area of Co Lietrim several weeks before the search. They had not pinpointed the exact location. Senior Gardai had informed government and requested more time to carry out surveillance. The Commissioner at the time was Larry Wren, a disciplinarian with a dour boorish character. He refuse any delay and ordered an operation to locate and free Don Tidey. Fitzgerald was the Toaiseach and the Provos were a serious threat to Ireland.
The operation turned out to he a disaster, the Provos got away without being shot, great pity.
The correct way to handle this was to suspend the constitution and take out one provo from Portloise every day and execute him until they released the captive.
The Uzi carriers nearly caused a revolt in the army with their shooting of Kelly and Sheehan.
The advent of social media has meant that it is chat host moderators who decide on the amount of sorrow and outrage readers must proclaim. Sign of the times, I reckon.