Observer B

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Observer B was an informant working for the British Army and MI5 officers 'Julian' and 'James' in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.[1]

Observer B reportedly told journalist Liam Clarke that he knew of abuse at the Kincora children's home.

'My case officer told me to leave McGrath to them and I have always believed they used the information (about his sexual activities) to recruit him as an informer,' Observer B told me.
He was referring to William McGrath, the housemaster of Kincora Boys' Home and one of three men later jailed for abusing youngsters in his care. Observer B, who had supplied a dossier to MI5, was promptly told to leave McGrath's Tara paramilitary group and join the UDA.[2]

External resources


  1. Witness Statment: Observer B' Bloody Sunday Inquiry, 2 February 2000, archived at the National Archives.
  2. Liam Clarke, Kincora: MI5 knew about it but did nothing, that much is certain, Belfast Telegraph, 16 July 2014.