In 1988 IRA terrorist Sean O'Callaghan walked into a Tunbridge Wells police station and gave himself up. Two years later, he pleaded guilty to all charges of which he was accused and received a sentence of 539 years. Since a teenager, he had been an active member of the IRA and had risen to be the head of their Southern Command.
But in 1996, he was released from prison by royal prerogative. For fourteen years he had been the most highly placed informer within the IRA and had fed the Garda with invaluable information. He prevented the assassination of the Prince and Princess of Wales at a London theatre, he sabotaged operations, explained strategy and caused the arrests of many IRA members. He has done more than any individual to unlock the code of silence that governs the IRA, making it possible to fight the war against the terrorists.
The Informer is the story of a courageous life lived under the constant threat of discovery and its fatal consequences. It is the story of a very modern hero, who is not without sin but who has done and continues to do everything in his power, and at whatever personal cost, to atone for the past.show more