Episode 205: Jonathan Dowdall and the witness protection programme - what's the deal?
Why Justice Tara Burns has demanded to know the status of the former Sinn Fein councillor on the Witness Protection Programme.
Nicola TallantSunday World
FORMER Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall has agreed to give evidence against Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch at the Special Criminal Court - but a Judge has demanded to know his status on the Witness Protection Programme.
Justice Tara Burns, who is presiding over the Regency Hotel murder trial, said she was unhappy with a note she was given relating to Dowdall's position and has ordered the matter to be cleared up immediately.
The Witness Protction Programme falls under the remit of the Garda’s Crime and Security wing, headed up by Assistant Commissioner Orla McPartlin.