Three years ago the British gov't gave itself the authority to end the authority of the Northern Ireland Assmebly (sorta like the Scottish Parliament) in because three Irish Republican Army members were connected to a spying/leaking case.
The "case" was named Stormontgate, after the Irish Parliament building (the quite attractive Stormont). The case was, in the last week, dropped and all the accused were acquitted. Now a 20 year British Agent, who had infiltrated Sinn Fein (the political wing of IRA) says the whole Stormontgate affair was a scam.
Either Prime Minister Tony Blair is using false charges to undermine democracy, or he can't control his own damn spies.
However, it isn't too hard to imagine that an ex-infiltrator would have something the IRA leadership could pin on him, to force him to talk.
Who knows, either way?