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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: -1°C

# Real IRA

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# drugs tax
Cork dissident republican group fundraising through extortion racket on organised crime
The Real IRA, The Journal has learned, has established an extortion racket to force criminals to pay for protection.
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# State Papers
Real IRA not ‘overly active’, Ahern told Blair two weeks before Omagh bomb
The bombing was the single greatest loss of life of the Troubles.
# Omagh Bombing
Former Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt dies
McKevitt was one of four men found liable for the 1998 Omagh bombing.
# Seamus McGrane
Real IRA leader dies after taking ill in Portlaoise Prison
McGrane plotted an explosion during the State visit of Britain’s Prince Charles in 2015.
# hard brexit
Former Real IRA commander: Even cameras on masts would be seen as 'spy posts' in border regions
John Connolly, the group’s leader in prison in the 2000s, says things would change dramatically in the event of a hard border.
# Troubles
Almost two-thirds of people 'fearful of a return to sectarian violence in Ireland after Brexit'
There have been a number of security alerts in Derry in recent days.
# Blackpool
Two men, aged 24 and 32, charged in connection with Aidan O’Driscoll murder
Aidan O’Driscoll, a former Real IRA chief, was killed in December 2016.
# The Troubles
'Those scars will never go away': Special ceremony to mark 20th anniversary of Omagh bombing
The 1998 bombing was the single worst atrocity of the Troubles.
# Seamus McGrane
After bugging his pub conversations, gardaí found these explosives in Real IRA leader's house
Seamus McGrane was earlier sentenced to 11-and-a-half years for plotting an attack during Prince Charles’ State visit two years ago.
# Courts
IRA member becomes only the second person ever convicted of directing terrorism in Ireland
Two men discussed an operation involving explosives in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles two years ago.
# aidan o'driscoll
Man (40s) released by gardaí in investigation of Real IRA boss murder
Aidan O’Driscoll was shot on Old Commons Road, Co Cork last December.
# aidan o'driscoll
Five arrests made in murder investigation of former Real IRA boss
The 37-year-old was fatally shot on Old Commons Road, Co Cork last December.
# Óglaigh na hÉireann
Dublin man jailed for four years for being a member of the IRA
His number plate was found in the debris of a car bomb in Newry.
# dashcam appeal
Gardaí investigating RIRA murder appeal to public for potential 'dashcam footage' evidence
Aidan O’Driscoll was murdered last Thursday.
# Funeral
Murdered Vincent Ryan was a devoted new dad who died "suddenly and violently"
He was shot dead last week.
# gangland violence
Vincent Ryan's family: He was a 'staunch and honourable republican' but not active in the IRA
They have called for ‘an end to senseless violence’.
# rocket science
This homemade rocket found in Wexford has no aiming system and "could have done serious damage"
“There’s no aiming. It’s point, press and hope.”
# Courts
Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of gangland boss Eamon Kelly
Sean Connolly was sentenced at the Special Criminal Court today.
# Special Branch
Intelligence on Real IRA Omagh bomb was 'withheld from police'
But the information could not have prevented the attack according to a new report.
# Commission of Investigation
Fatal shooting of Real IRA member by gardaí to be investigated
Mac Lochlainn was shot dead by gardaí in May 1998.
# Michael Campbell
The Irishman accused of Real IRA gun-running in Lithuania is to face a retrial
Michael Campbell was originally sentenced to 12 years in prison but his conviction was overturned.
# Omagh Bombing
Omagh bombing accused to appear in court today
The man will appear in Dungannon Magistrates Court this morning.
# Tragedy
Man arrested in connection with Omagh bombing remains in custody
Twenty nine people were killed and 220 were injured in the bombing.
# The Troubles
Family of murdered spy Denis Donaldson accuse gardaí of delaying death inquest
Donaldson worked for Sinn Féin in the Northern Ireland Assembly in Stormont before being outed as an MI5 agent in 2005 and later shot dead.
# Kieran Doherty
Detectives appeal for 'information, not speculation' over Real IRA killing
Former republican prisoner Kieran Doherty was shot and left on the outskirts of Derry four years ago. The Real IRA claimed responsibility.
There are 62 republican prisoners being held at present in Irish prisons
The average person is in custody in Portlaoise Prison for over 8 months.
# Real IRA
Marian Price given 12 month suspended sentence
She admitted to purchasing a mobile phone used to claim responsibility for the deaths of two soldiers shot at a barracks in Antrim in 2009.
# Lithuania
Irishman Michael Campbell released after Real IRA arms conviction overturned
The Lithuanian appeals court cited Britain and Ireland’s refusal to cooperate with prosecutors as a reason for the lack of evidence in linking Campbell with the Real IRA.
# Arrests
Two men arrested in dissident republican investigation
Two guns found at the scene are undergoing analysis.
# Detained
Six arrested, guns and bomb parts seized in dissident crackdown
Four vehicles and a quantity of ammunition have also been uncovered by gardaí in searches carried out in Dublin and Wicklow.
# alan ryan
Huge security operation in place in Donaghmede ahead of dissident march
Crash barriers are being placed along the expected route from the family home to the graveside of crime boss Alan Ryan.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about junior doctors going on strike, AIB saying some customers just don’t want to pay their mortgages, and John Waters (briefly) going to jail.
# balgriffin
'Concern' amongst locals as Real IRA prepares to mark Alan Ryan death
The Real IRA crime boss was shot dead a year ago this week. Dissidents are planning a march at his graveside on Saturday.
# 15th anniversary
Pics: Remembering the Omagh bomb that killed 29 people 15 years ago today
The Real IRA planted the bomb in a parked car on Market Street in 1998.
# Attempted Murder
Three arrested over 2007 shooting of off-duty PSNI officer
The officer survived the attack, which happened as he sat in traffic. The Real IRA claimed responsibility for the shooting.
# Omagh Bombing
Amnesty International joins calls for Omagh inquiry
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says that questions remain unanswered over the policing and intelligence gathering around the 1998 bombing which killed 29 people.
# Dissidents
Heavy garda presence expected at funeral of Omagh suspect
The Garda Commissioner has said he will not tolerate any paramilitary displays at the funeral of Seamus McKenna in Dundalk today.
# Courts
Dissident republican McKevitt loses appeal over conviction on Real IRA membership
Michael McKevitt fails in a bid to have his conviction overturned because of evidence obtained under an unconstitutional warrant.
# alan ryan
Man arrested over Alan Ryan killing
Former Real IRA member Ryan was shot dead outside a house in north Dublin last September.
# alan ryan
Man arrested in Alan Ryan murder investigation
The man in his 20s is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the shooting dead of the paramilitary leader.