Bomb a part of ‘criminal feud’.

The most bizarre story of the day has to the Continuity IRA bomb stopped at the toll both on the M50. TheGardai believe is was on its way to Blanchardstown where “it might have been intended for use in a criminal feud“. Extraordinary, if true. Certainly would have put Delevan’s Gangland question on the map.

  • Pete Baker

    From the Belfast Telegraph report, Mick – A lunchbox-type bomb measuring 18ins by 4ins with a timer and metal components. It is believed to have been constructed by the Continuity IRA.

    But the strangest report on this has to be this one from RTÉ..

    The managing director of National Toll Roads, Kyran Hurley, said tollbooth staff did not know in advance about last night’s garda operation at the West Link Toll Plaza.

    Everyone seems to want to know about these things in advance..

  • Keith M

    It’s Blanchardstown.

    Further evidence of ongoing republican involvement in Dublin’s criminal underworld (lest anyone doubted it).

  • seabhac siulach

    “Further evidence of ongoing republican involvement in Dublin’s criminal underworld (lest anyone doubted it).”

    I am afraid that I do doubt it…there has never previously been republican involvement in internecine drug gang feuds. I hardly think they would start now.

    The RTE report suggests the bomb was for use against Dublin drug dealers.

    Now, that would certainly be an ‘involvement’ in the Dublin underworld, but not as some are suggesting (i.e. republicans being contracted to kill drug dealers on behalf of a rival gang)

  • Keith M

    SS “…there has never previously been republican involvement in internecine drug gang feuds.” Please tell me you’re joking, this level of revisionism really deserves a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

  • Mick Fealty

    …tired

  • Ringo

    SS –

    What about the C-IRA’s involvement in Limerick? Guns, car-bombs and drugs?

    Or the INLA’s involvement in drugs in Dublin?

  • seabhac siulach

    Keith M:

    Okay, mention one example in which republicans have been involved in gangland killings? Granted they might tap the criminals for ‘protection ‘money, but there have been no incidents where they have been directly involved as hit-men for rival gangs. It is all media hype. We do not know where that bomb was headed. Remember, they were on the M50.

    I remember also that the Direct Action Against Drugs (DAAD) episode was hardly to the benefit of any drugs gangs.
    By the way, the CIRA repeatedly issues statements claiming no-involvement in criminal activity in either Limerick or Dublin (which are then repeatedly ignored by the general media).

    It is generally recognised by law enforcers in this country that the republican movements (minus the INLA) never dealt with drugs. It is a public fact. All other crime perhaps, but not drug dealing. All else is, in fact, revisionism.

  • Keith M

    ss:

    I said “Further evidence of ongoing republican involvement in Dublin’s criminal underworld.”

    You admitted “Granted they might tap the criminals for ‘protection ‘money.”

    QED

    And it doesn’t end there.

  • Ringo

    CIRA repeatedly issues statements claiming no-involvement in criminal activity in either Limerick or Dublin (which are then repeatedly ignored by the general media).

    And you believe them? Why?

    Okay, mention one example in which republicans have been involved in gangland killings?

    The Provo’s killed Martin Cahill.

  • seabhac siulach

    “The Provo’s killed Martin Cahill.”

    Martin Cahill had been dealing with the UVF…so, slightly different. One example and an erroneous one at that.

    I do not say that I believe CIRA statements, but have no reason to disbelieve them…

    I do not put great trust in either PSNI or Garda statements on these matters as recent history shows that ‘games’ are played.
    There is a continous attempt by the Gardai and the governments to portray the republican movements as common criminals. Dates back to the hunger strike days…the criminalisation of the IRA, I think it was called. All the talk then was of IRA ‘Godfathers’, etc. This is just more of the same in a more modern context. Ah, sure, they’re all in it for the money, etc. It is a denial of political status.

  • There is a long history of British/Irish government’s involvement in what has been termed the ‘Black War’ against Republicans. This has involved silencing their political representatives, giving inaccurate ‘interpretations’ of bomb warnings and false information.

    Again we see the states hand in trying to blacken the name of Republicans – through involvement with drug dealing gangland criminals. If anyone has seen the document produced by the RUC as to the involvement of ‘terrorist’ organisations in criminal activities, then they will know that it is the loyalists who are heavily involved in drug trafficking in Ireland not Republicans.

    I suppose now that the Provos have come in from the cold the authorities can focus on the ‘dissenting’ Republicans.

  • Just seen BBC’s coverage of the bomb find. One question, why so little on it? There are no details on the two men being questioned and why are there no interviews with Republican Sinn Fein who are seen as the political wing of CIRA so they can accept or refute these allegations?

  • Early news reports of this incident stated that the device was intended for use against known drug-dealers in the Dublin South-West area .
    It was later ‘spun’ (by Phoenix Park/Harcourt Square ?) to read that those intending to use the device were PART of the drug scene in the area .
    Also – the man arrested in Clondalkin (lifted from his house) was said to be well-known to the gardai due to his involvement in the drugs business : true , but only in so far that he has been harassed by the State for the last twenty-odd years because of his connections to the CPAD ! He is a near neighbour of mine and I know him to be completely anti-drugs .

    Sharon.