The life and death of Robert Nairac

40 years ago undercover British soldier Robert Nairac was killed by the IRA - those who buried his body have so far refused to say where it is

14th May, 2017
Robert Nairac pictured talking to youths in the Ardoyne area of West Belfast: he was killed in the early hours of May 15, 1977

By the early hours of Sunday, May 15, 1977, Robert Nairac was dead. The undercover soldier had left Bessbrook Army Barracks in plain clothes the previous night at 9.30pm, heading for the Three Steps Inn in Dromintee.

Dressed in jeans and donkey jacket, and with his hair long and unkempt as was the style of the time, Robert Nairac, commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, was passing himself off as Danny McErlean from west Belfast. He was armed...

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