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Complainant Name:
Mary Braniff

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror


Mary Braniff and her family complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a number of inaccuracies about her late husband, Anthony Braniff.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated for the publication of the following statement:


On 26 February last, under the heading Echo of a squalid bloody history, we published a report in which the late Anthony Braniff was described as an IRA informer.

On 27 September 1981 IRA member Anthony Braniff, 22, was murdered by the IRA, who declared that he had been "executed" because he was a paid informer of the RUC.

Twenty-two years later the IRA stated that there was no evidence to support its claim that he was responsible for passing on information about the location of arms dumps or the movement of "Volunteers" and that he met his Special Branch contacts regularly while receiving money.

The Braniff family always denied that Anthony was an informer. They also deny any suggestion that Anthony Braniff "fingered" Maurice Gilvarry to be shot in January 1981 or that Gilvarry had been infatuated with Anthony Braniff's wife.

We are happy to clarify the position.

Date Published: 17/06/2010

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