Man viewed as one of Irish states’s most important agents said to have drowned while visiting daughter in Jamaica

One of the state’s most important spies inside the IRA who helped thwart a bomb attack that could have killed the Prince and Princess of Wales in the 1980s has died, reportedly in a drowning incident.

Sean O’Callaghan rose through the ranks of the Provisionals from the early 1970s to become its southern commander in the Irish Republic a decade later. All the time, the Kerry-born republican worked as an informer, firstly for the Garda Síochána and later the Royal Ulster Constabulary’s special branch.

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