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BRITAIN’S new spy chief is the grandson of an IRA fighter, The Sun can reveal.
Richard Moore’s grandad won a medal from Sinn Fein for fighting against British rule.
The spook — who is due to take over as head of the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6 — has spoken openly of Jack Buckley who joined the IRA in Cork in 1916.
Mr Moore, 57, told a newspaper in Turkey where he was ambassador: “I am of Irish origin.
"My grandfather fought against the British Government in the separatist Irish Republican Army between 1916 and 1922.
“He received a medal from the Irish president. Now, I am the ambassador of the British government.”
He told of his background to show Turkey could reach a compromise with its Kurdish separatist rebels.
Libya-born Mr Moore was an undercover spy in Turkey when he was a Press attaché from 1990 to 1992.
He returned as ambassador in 2014.
The married dad of two was also posted to Pakistan where he led a daring mission to Afghanistan when the Taliban were in power.
He defied the Taliban’s ban on alcohol to cross the Khyber Pass with a case of wine in his MI6 Land Rover.
The spy, who will soon be known as C when he takes charge, was determined to resupply the cellars of the British embassy in Kabul.
A source said: “If the Taliban had found it he would have been in big trouble.”
A friend who knew him in Turkey said: “He is unflappable and very kind.
"This is a rare example of a really nice guy getting the top job.”
Wife Maggie, who is visually impaired, helped introduce guide dogs to Turkey.
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