Real IRA leader (RIRA) Seamus McGrane dies in Prison

Leader of the RIRA Seamus McGrane found guilty of directing terrorism and membership of an illegal organization

A dissident republican who was jailed for plotting a bomb attack during Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland in 2015 has died in prison.

Sixty-four-year-old Seamus McGrane, who was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in prison in 2017, died on Saturday.

He was a leader of the Real IRA – a group responsible for numerous atrocities including the Omagh bomb.

The Irish Prison Service said no foul play was suspected in relation to his death.

“As with all deaths in custody the Prison Service, the Inspector of Prisons and An Garda Síochána will be investigating the incident,” a spokesperson said.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original story

Dissident republican jailed on explosive charges in run-up to Prince Charles’ visit
Image captionBomb-making equipment was seized as part of the investigation 

A 25-year-old dissident republican has been jailed in Dublin for five years.

Donal Ó Coisdealbha from Killester, north Dublin was arrested on explosive charges in the run-up to the visit of Prince Charles to Ireland in 2015.

Ó Coisdealbha admitted to the Dublin’s Special Criminal Court that he was a dissident republican.

He was arrested during a Garda operation when explosive devices, improvised rockets, detonators, timing units and Semtex were discovered.

It was six days before the visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to the west of Ireland in May 2015.

Dissident rockets
Image captionImprovised rockets were also discovered as part of the investigation 

O’Coisdealbha had been under audio and visual surveillance for five months and was seen meeting convicted republicans in a pub near Dublin airport and in the city centre. He was also seen acting suspiciously at the back of Glasnevin Cemetery in north Dublin.

Gardaí (Irish police) believe an attack had been planned to coincide with the royal visit.

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