- Apr 30, 2010
An IRA killer turned informer was honoured in a London memorial service yesterday by British and Irish establishment figures.
Sean O'Callaghan was responsible for two deaths as an IRA man, but later worked to sabotage the terror group's activities from within as an agent of the Irish state.
He later claimed he helped to stop an assassination attempt on Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Over 300 attended the memorial at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square.
Former UUP leader and first minister David Trimble, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace and former RUC and UDR members were also in attendance.
Historian Ruth Dudley Edwards was a close friend of Mr O'Callaghan.
"It was all about extraordinary diversity," she said after the service.
"It included quite a lot of ex-RUC and ex-UDR people.
"Remember he murdered Peter Flanagan in the RUC and helped to murder UDR soldier Eva Martin.
"They were there because, in their eyes, they believe he achieved redemption after the awfulness of what he did.
"He confronted it and dealt with it and decided to atone.
"He did that by putting himself in mortal danger every day by becoming a spy in the IRA."
O'Callaghan was indeed worthy of a commemorative service - there should be a painting of him at Stormont instead of one of the Butcher of the Bogside and Enniskillen, Martin McGuinness, who only ended up in Stormont because brave people like Sean O'Callaghan helped defeat his IRA....