Allegations of IRA spying inside the Northern Ireland power-sharing assembly in 2002 were a scam created by British intelligence – that is the bombshellaccusation of Denis Donaldson, an Irish Republican who has admitted he secretly worked for Britain for two decades.“I was a British agent at the time (of the spy scandal.) I was recruited in the 1980’s after compromising myself during a vulnerable time in my life,” he declared. The Stormont assembly was suspended in October 2002 after police raided it and seized documents which, according to the British government, pointed to IRA intelligence-gathering. But Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political ally, said the swoop was calculated to bring down the power-sharing institutions and arranged by Britain’s secret service. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said: “I was very suspicious and some of us were very suspicious when the events of 2002 unfolded when we saw this hugely orchestrated operation up at Stormont.” The suspension of the institutions dealt a heavy blow to the Northern Ireland peace process. Devolution has yet to be restored to the province.