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Nelson would later briefhis UDA informants of the areas they should investigate in their search for Provo gunmen so that they could be checked out and, ifnecessary, targeted. Months later, Mclvor's attack was not carried out, though Mclvor's name and all his details were kept on the UDA file. It was not until three years later, some months after the arrest ofBrian Nelson himself, that Malachy Mclvor's fate was decided and, ironically, he only died because of terrorist actions taken by his Republican friends.

It included details of known Unknown to Mclvor, his life was put at risk when permission was given by the Provo commander in Co. Tyrone for an IRA active service unit to go Provo gunmen with whom he had been seen having the occasional drink or a ahead with the cold-blooded murder of Albert Cooper early on Friday, 2 November 1990. Cooper was targeted solely because he was a part-time chat - even though his relationship with them may have been entirely innocent, simply the result ofliving all his life in a Republican village.

MIS were under no illusion that ifany flown by helicopter into Bessbrook Mill, the heavily fortified base where the British Army battalion guarding the border area was based. There, these inexperienced, fell into the hands of their operatives or no matter how junior or ofthe provos, they would end up with a back-room staff, young women plucked from a dull civilian life in London would see at first hand how the army lived under the constant threat ofa mortar, grenade or bullet in the back ofthe head.

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