“and for a time remained faithful to the IRA leadership and Sinn Fein.”

If the Sunday Times article is accurate, why has the Northern Ireland Secretary of State not revoked Bernard McGinn’s early release licence? Fear of a legal challenge? Although some of the original convictions were successfully appealed on the basis that he was not properly cautioned, a twenty year sentence imposed in 1999 remains – despite only 16 months having been served. From the Sunday Times report

Bernard McGinn, 52, a master bomber and gunman from Co Monaghan, is among a group of IRA hardliners who now support Oglaigh na hEireann, a splinter group that has carried out several high-profile bomb attacks in Northern Ireland, according to gardai.

They believe McGinn commands respect among the IRA rank and file, and may be able to recruit other disgruntled IRA members into the ranks of the dissidents. The IRA in south Armagh recently split and a number of members resigned. They are believed to be disenchanted with Sinn Fein’s policies and what they regard as the party’s abandonment of traditional republican values.

A close ally of Thomas “Slab” Murphy, the former IRA chief of staff, said McGinn was one of the IRA’s most deadly terrorists. His unit mounted scores of attacks against the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the British Army, murdering several soldiers with a sniper rifle.

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  • sdelaneys

    McGinn ‘broke’ when in custody with the sniper team which would call into doubt any claim that hr ‘commands respect’ among the IRA rank and file who could be expected to have serious worries about his trustworthiness.

  • Seamus

    Did he break for money, lighter sentence etc or did he just break.

  • Michaelhenry

    how can anyone be involved in the killing of several british soldiers whilst in the provos,according to reports,but now is involved with a so called hardline group that have for years killed no british soldiers,who made the lie.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Does Michaelhenry live on Slugger for Gerry?

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathleen Collins

    Bernard McGinn was releasted per terms of the Good Friday Agreement because he was sentenced for a crime prior to the Good Friday Agreement. I would think a more important issue for the british gov’t would be the guilt or innoncence of gerry adams for the murder of the mother of 10. Gerry if found guilty would not be subject to release because he would be found guilty after the agreement. That is where time and money should be spent….

  • Michaelhenry

    jesus kathy c,you would need to read the agreement.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathy C

    Hi Michaelhenry–don’t follow what you’re statement is regarding—that Bernard McGinn was released per terms of the GFA…or that the british gov’t should seriously open an investigation and possible arrest of gerry adams for the murder of the mother of 10… Currious, though, what makes you think I haven’t read the agreement?

  • joeCanuck

    – They (police)believe
    – They are believed to be disenchanted
    – may be able to recruit

    why has the Northern Ireland Secretary of State not revoked Bernard McGinn’s early release licence?

    Perhaps they don’t have enough evidence. “Beliefs” are hardly sufficient to get a conviction on their own.
    Hopefully they are monitoring him so closely that he cannot act to cause harm and maybe with a bit of luck uncover solid evidence.

  • Michaelhenry

    if you had of read agreement kathy c,you would not have wrote 5,we are irish,read and learn.

  • old school

    sdelaneys, 8 out of the 10 Hunger Strikers broke under RUC interrogation.

  • Michaelhenry

    none of those 10 volunteers broke during the hunger strike when it counted old school,iknow you hate the provos but please do not go agaist the hungerstrikers.

  • old school

    Is that your first attempt at spin, Michael.
    You need more lessons in connolly house.
    Seriously is Michael the ONLY Shinner here?
    They really are in a bad state.

  • Have a look over Mooneys previous ‘exclusives’ for the Sunday Times to see how reliable he is.

  • Michaelhenry

    old school,please tell us all that you suppurted all the 10 hunger strigers in 1981,and not just two.i know there was others,but the 10 who died are special.

  • old school

    Yes, Michael. I supported all of them. And without making money from their trust fund. Imagine that?

  • lamhdearg

    If Mcginn was a threat he would be killed.

  • Michaelhenry

    thats good old school,it was yet another sad year,1981.

  • old school

    Killed by whom Lamhdearg?

  • lamhdearg


  • british citizen

    “…it was yet another sad year, 1981.”

    Posted by Michaelhenry on Apr 05, 2010 @ 02:28 AM

    Wasn’t all bad Michael – Liverpool won the European Cup and Britney Spears was born! 😉

  • Cynic2

    “please do not go agaist the hunger strikers”

    Why not? Many were murderers. At least one was a child killer. And one, I understand , was sleeping with an underage girl – we would now call that paedophilia wouldn’t we. WE also now know that 5 of them died needlessly because a deal was on the table but they and their families weren’t told. Yes, great role models. Greta leaderhship

  • Seosamh913


    Plaster sainthood can bestow honour but not necessarily do full justice towards the individual hunger strikers, just as it can/does on the the 1916 martyrs. Which is why the graves controversy and the ‘ownership rights’ on what – over and above who (and how) – it is that is being commemorated, continues to be important.

  • RobertEmmett


    none of those 10 volunteers broke during the hunger strike when it counted old school,iknow you hate the provos but please do not go agaist the hungerstrikers.
    Posted by Michaelhenry on Apr 05, 2010 @ 01:55 AM

    clearly you have learnt you history form the pages of APRN, but remember that the Hungerstrikers were not all Provos. Michael Devine, Kevin Lynch and

  • RobertEmmett

    Patsy O’Hara were in the INLA

  • sdelaneys

    Old school,

    yes, I know that many men broke but timing is also important and by the time McGinn was last arested all volunteers had been well schooled , or should have been, in anti interogatation techniques.How could the members of a new or reorganised group have faith in a man who broke the last time he was lifted?
    His name also surfaces locally in association with activities which beg the question of why he would ‘command respect’ among rank and file volunteers. People I know are more inclined to shake their heads rather than show any respecr when his name comes u.
    I am simply puzzled as to what the authorities on either side of the border are trying to do at this moment in time.

  • Michaelhenry

    yes robertemmett,the i.n.l.a who suppurt the peace process.

  • Border Fox

    I wish I was currently writing a thesis on Paranoia.

    This thread would save me from having to do a great deal of research.

  • Halfer


    The INLA do not support the Good Friday Agreement nor does it support the ‘Strategy’ of PSF.

  • Michaelhenry

    they suppurt the peace haifer,they followed the provos into ceasefire and decommission of there weopons.

  • An Phoblacht Abu

    Michaelhenry the republican socialist movement oppose what you call the peace process, the oppose Sinn Fein’s strategy of criminalisation of republican’s and oppose Sinn Fein’s support for british rule in Ireland. Just because they dont feel the need for armed resistance at this moment in time does not mean they support your surrender to your british masters

  • RobertEmmett


    I see why Ruane wants to something about the school system.

  • Reader

    An Phoblacht Abu: oppose…criminalisation of republican’s
    dont feel the need for armed resistance

    So what’s the position of the RSM on the criminalisation of bombing and shooting?

  • achtung

    sdelaneys, i was about to write the same thing. mcginn broke, wanted to confess all and live in the witness protection scheme. he eventually withdrew his offer to the authorities. but not before he had given the most detailed account of how the IRA in south armagh worked and operated. he outlined how the notorious sniper team functioned, and how and where they mixed bombs.

    he was one of the few ‘outsiders’ ever admitted into the ranks of south armagh. how anyone in ONH thinks he is trustworthy is beyond me. it looks very fishy from the outside looking in.