State Violence and Collusion Timeline 1984

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Events related to state violence and collusion in Northern Ireland in 1984.


  • April undated - In April 1984, the Irish Joint Section was wound up. The Security Service became solely responsible for its Belfast station and created a new section, F8, in London which assumed management responsibility.[6] The F8 Section was a part of the FX Branch of the Service in London, which became responsible for dealing with counter-terrorism.[1]


  • 8 - Brian Nelson has his first meeting with an FRU handler. A contact form (CF) describes his motivation for informing against the UDA in the following terms: "… in the early days, the UDA was a necessary organisation but it had grown evil and was behind more of the criminal activities in Protestant areas."[2]




  1. Sir Desmond de Silva, Volume 1 - Chapter 3: Intelligence structures, Pat Finucane Review, 12 December 2012.
  2. Sir Desmond de Silva, Volume 1 - Chapter 6: The recruitment of Brian Nelson, Pat Finucane Review, 12 December 2012.
  3. Martin Ingram & Greg Harkin, Stakeknife: Britain's Secret Agents in Ireland, O'Brien Press, 2004, p.180.
  4. New statements from soldiers sought, Belfast Telegraph, 30 January 2013.