Republican stalwart flees after death threats over twitter chat with loyalist
REPUBLICAN motor mouth Martin Og Meehan is a ‘dead man walking’ after republican death threats forced him to flee to England.
The Sunday World can reveal Meehan has had a spectaclar fall-out with his former republican pals in Republican Network for Unity (RNU) and is now living in fear of his life. He fled the North of Ireland last month after he was involved in a spat with Ardoyne community worker Dee Fennell. The son of PIRA man, Martin Meehan, has been accused of “collaborating” with loyalists after he was allegedly caught slagging off Fennell in privite Twitter messages sent to a known loyalist. Days later Fennell turned up at his house and demanded to see his laptot. Meehan was told he had been expelled from RNU by his former friend and ONH boss Carl Reilly. A source close to a Meehan has confirmed he is living in a hostel in England and is said to be “devastated” at what has happened to him. “Martin is absolutely devastated because he is adamant he didn’t send the offence tweets and he thinks he has been set up,” said the source.
“”He’s adamant that loyalists have hacked his Twitter account and somehow he’s completely innocent. “He intially refused to hand over the laptop because it belonged to his son but the next day he decided he would hand it over to them to clear his name. “The RNU had their IT expert days later that the evidence was ‘inconclusive’. “Martin thought that ment he would be in the clear but instead Reilly called to tell him he had been expelled from RNU.”He was gutted. He has known Carl Reilly for years and can’t believe he’s turned on him now.” The Sunday World understands it was only a matter of hours before Meehan received a phonecall telling him his life was under threat. The RUC/PSNI later confirmed the threat was very serious and Meehan left his family and his home to flee to England.
‘If he gets shot he will bleed to death because he’s on Warfarin’
A well-placed republican source told us Meehan has been told by the IRA they want to subject him to ‘just a punishment shooting. But we understand Meehan has refused to accept even a punishment shooting because he takes blood thinning medication having suffered two previous heart attacks. “Martin was told they just wanted to (give him a four pack) shoot him four times in the legs and arms but he can’t accept that. Apart from feeling he has done nothing wrong the truth is if he gets shot he will bleed to death because he’s on Warfarin. “A side from that he just dosn’t trust these people. He thinks if he comes back he’s a dead man. “Martin feels he should be treated better because he served 12 years in jail for the IRA.”
Meehan was a funding member of (GARC) Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective, a community group which primarily opposes Orange Order parades going past Ardoyne shop fronts. Dee Fennell is now the leader of that group and there has been friction between the two. The situation exploded two weeks ago when it emerged Meehan allegedly been sending private messages via social media to a well-known loyalist about Fennell. A statement from GARC released a fortnight ago accused Meehan of being found “guilty of collaborating and colluding with loyalists”.GARC claim Meehan came to their attention when a republican in Co Tyrone got into an online ‘debate’ with an Orangeman and loyalist from Ballysillan. During the heated discussion on Twitter the loyalist claimed that GARC was in dissarray and was split. When this was challenged by the republican the loyalist produced private messages sent to him from Martin Og Meehan’s private Twitter account claiming that GARC was split and that Dee Fennell was “hated in Ardoyne and needs to be taken down a peg or two”. “It’s also claimed Meehan urged the loyalist to use comments made by Fennell about using arms aganist him and that they should “expose” him.
With many thanks to: Steven Moore, Sunday World, for the original story.