New MI6 boss is grandson of IRA fighter who won medal for resisting British rule

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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