Brian Fitzsimons

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John Charles Brian Fitzimons was the former head of the RUC Special Branch in Northern Ireland. He was killed in the Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash in 1994.[1]


Fitzsimons joined the RUC in 1963.[2]

He was involved undercover work which led to the arrest of the Brighton bomber, Patrick Magee, and ahead of the killing of three IRA members in Gibraltar in 1988.[2]

He was appointed head of Special Branch in December 1989 at the age of 48 . According to the Guardian, "he was the central strategist in the fight against terrorism."[2]

In the months prior to his death, rumours had been circulating in Belfast that he would be leaving the RUC that summer to take up a post as head of security for a Northern Ireland banking institution.[2]

External Resources


  1. Liam Clarke, Key evidence on FRU barred, Sunday Times, 12 September 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sally Weale and Owen Boycott, CHINOOK DISASTER: COUNTING THE COST OF THE SENIOR FIGURES IN BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM, Guardian, 4 June 1994.