The UK has refused to release archive material on paid Irish police informants from more than 100 years ago – amid fears that their descendants could be shunned or even targeted by dissident republicans.

Irish historian Barry Keane argued that the 100-year-old file may hold vital clues to such critical events in Ireland as the Phoenix Park murders of 1882 and precisely what Britain knew about plans for a rising in the years before 1916.

Reported by the Irish Independent. You can read the full story here. 

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