Arrests made as INLA photo circulates on social media

The RUC/PSNI made two arrests shortly after the photo was circulated on various platforms this week

There has been widespread condemnation of a photo believed to be of the INLA circulating on social media.

The PSNI made two arrests shortly after the photo was circulated on various platforms this week.

The photo shows five INLA members wearing balaclavas, four of whom are carrying weapons. It’s believed to have been taken in Londonderry.

DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst called for a crackdown on the group ‘before they become more dangerous’.

Cllr Dale Pankhurst
A photo from the 1980s? Unfortunately not. This photo was taken last night. @JulianSmithUK must move quickly and remove the INLA’s ceasefire status. They must be cracked down on before becoming even more dangerous.

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Police have blamed the group for an increase in paramilitary attacks in the north west of Northern Ireland.

A 19-year-old Strabane man arrested by detectives investigating criminality linked to the INLA was released on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a 57-year-old-man arrested in Londonderry as part of the same investigation remains in custody.

Mobile phones, documentation and other electronic devices were also seized by police during three searches.

Part of the operation was linked to an investigation into shots being fired following the death of former INLA prisoner Michael McElkerney in May this year.

“Part of [the] operation also relates to an investigation into an incident on May 20 this year in the Divis area of Belfast, when an individual recklessly used an automatic weapon to fire a series of shots into the air in a heavily populated area,” said Detective Inspector Tom McClure.

“The group are a priority for due to the level of threat, risk and harm they pose to our communities and the breadth and depth of their criminality,” he said.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story 

IRA ‘set up INLA man for arrest’

Seventeen people, including 11 British soldiers, were killed in 1982 Droppin’ Well bomb attack carried out by the INLA

“[Martin McGuinness] detested the INLA for their arrogance and disregard for their ‘republican principles”’ – Willie Carlin 

Willie Carlin was an MI5 and FRU British agent

THE Provisional IRA set up a senior INLA man for arrest, former British intelligence agent Willie Carlin has claimed. In a new book about his secret life as a spy within Sinn Féin, the former MI5 and FRU agent claims that ex-INLA boss Patrick Shotter was arrested after a tip-off from the IRA in Derry. Shorter, who was known as Derek, was convicted for his part in the Droppin’ Well bomb attack in Ballykelly on December 6th 1982 in which 17 people, including 11 British soldiers and six civilians, were killed. The security forces launched a huge manhunt after the attack. Which also left Mr Carlin’s cousin, Priscilla White, among those critically injured. Mr Carlin claims that in the days and weeks after the explosion Shorter went on the run to Donegal. He said he passed on Shotter’s name to his handler, who he said was already aware of his alleged role.

Ex-INLA boss Patrick Shotter who was known as Derek. Was convicted for his part in the Droppin’ Well bomb attack on December 6th 1982

He also claims that the IRA were trying to find the INLA man. In the book Mr Carlin claims that senior Sinn Féin figure Martin McGuinness “detested the INLA for their arrogance and disregard for their ‘republican principles”’. He reveals how he overheard a telephone conversation between Shotter and his estranged wife Dolly, arranging to meet during a visit by him to her house. In 1974 she had lost a leg and her father-in-law was killed by an IRA booby-trap bomb left in a bin at their home which was intended for British soldiers.

INLA volunteers giving a show of strength on the streets of Belfast

The following day Mr Carlin waited for the INLA man to emerge from Mrs Shotter’s house and followed him to a city centre club before tipping off the IRA. He said he later returned to the bar to see Martin McGuinness and another man going inside, followed shortly after by four others. He then left the area and rang his handler to brief him. It later emerged that the wanted man had not been arrested at the club and Mr Carlin claims that his handler later said: “It wasn’t easy, to lift Shotter there and then would have ment having to lift McGuinness as well.” He said a handler later told him that two IRA men had followed Shotter from the club to a safe house where he was staying in the Shantallow area before moving to another one the following day.

INLA volunteers preparing for show of strength the Officer in Command (OC) is the one in the red mask

“Those IRA volunteers passed that information on to the Provisional OC in the Bogside, and within an hour another volunteer was given ‘permission’ to tip off the RUC/PSNI as to Shotter’s whereabouts,” he wrote. “It was this call that led to his arrest.” Mr Carlin claims such an order would have had to come from a senior republican. “For the IRA in Derry to give permission for a volunteer to tip off the RUC/PSNI as to the whereabouts of senior republican was a first,” he wrote.

INLA volunteers in full marching forum marching in sequence TAL32

“You could describe it as treachery from within the ‘republican family’, and so radical and dangerous was it for the IRA in Derry to sanction such an action it could only have come from McGuinness himself.” He suggests a certain logic would have applied to any such decision. “His reasoning, however, was understandable,” he wrote. “Because Shotter and his team in Derry was causing havoc, attempting the most impossible attack, this was endangering civilian life and giving the security forces the excuse to step up raids on all republicans.” He claims that when the INLA carried out attacks in Derry “the IRA was in the dark and the subsequent raids often caught them and the entire movement on the hop”. “The INLA in Derry had always been a thorn in McGuinness’s side for that very reason,” he wrote.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Connla Young for the original story 

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Crucifix given by Pope John Paul II to Patsy O’Hara in Derry museum

A golden Crucifix given to Óglach  Patsy O’Hara by Pope John Paul II before he died on hunger strike in 1981, is now on display in a Derry museum.

The cross, framed alongside portraits of the late INLA hunger striker and the Pope, is held in the Irish Republican Socialist Movement museum in Chamberlain Street.

It was, explained the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP), among several crucifixes given to the ten INLA and IRA hunger strikers who died protesting their criminalisation by the British authorities in the H-Blocks over four momentous months in 1981.

“In the midst of the 1981 hunger strike, Margaret Thatcher [the then British Prime Minister] lobbied the Catholic Church to declare the prisoners’ actions to be a form of suicide and so a ‘mortal sin’.

“Pope John Paul [II] ordered his emissary to Ireland to present the Hunger Strikers with golden crucifixes on his behalf, to comfort them during their ordeal.

“A clear if subtle rebuff to Thatcher’s cynical attempts to destroy the morale of these brave martyrs,” the IRSP has maintained.

Files declassified by the British Government eight years ago shed some light on the Vatican’s efforts to intervene in the strike in the spring of 1981.

They detail a conversation between the papal envoy Fr. John Magee and the British Secretary of State, Humphrey Atkins, in April 1981, shortly before Mr. O’Hara died.

According to the note Monsignor McGee asked the late IRA Volunteer, Bobby Sands, to halt the strike.

Mr. Sands declined the request and was later buried with a crucifix that was given to him by Fr. Magee from the Pope when he became the first man to die.

The IRSP said Mr. O’Hara, rather than be buried with the crucifix he received from Pope John Paul II, instead passed it on to his mother Peggy.

“IRSM Volunteer Patsy O’Hara, in a beautiful gesture bequeathed his cross to his mother, in recognition of the suffering that she had gone through on his behalf and on behalf of Ireland,” the party stated.

After Mrs. O’Hara passed away in 2015 her family handed over the cross to James Connolly House in Chamberlain Street, where it is still available for viewing today.

“Upon her passing the O’Hara family bequeathed it to the Irish Republican Socialist Movement museum.

“A rounded symbol (if any where needed) of the revolutionary sincerity and commitment that exists amongst the Irish Republican Socialist family as a whole. Venceremos!” said the party.

The IRSM museum is situated at number 8 Chamberlain Street, Derry and is open between Monday and Friday.

Patsy O’Hara died after 61 days on hunger strike on May 21, 1981, the fourth of the ten hunger strikers to die.

He was the first of three INLA members, all from the Derry area, to die on the protest.

The others were Kevin Lynch from Park, who died on August 1, after 77 days without food, and Mickey Devine, from Derry, who was the last prisoner to die when he passed away after 60 days on hunger strike on August 20, 1981.

With many thanks to the: Derry 

PSNI Head promotes child abuse as a weapon against Irish Republicanism — Irish Republican Socialist Party

Woman arrested after drugs raid

A WOMAN in her thirties has been arrested following a Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) operation in the Markets area of North Belfast.

Members of the INLA during a show of strength. Photo credits to: An Sionnach Fionn

During the search of the property a quantity of suspected Class-A drugs were recovered. Police said the searches targeted the criminal activities of the INLA. A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class-A controlled drug with intent to supply. She remained in police custody on Wednesday night. Police said the searches targeted the criminal activities of the INLA. The search followed a previous operation in South Belfast on August 12th in which a quantity of suspected Class-A and Class-B drugs were found. A 39-year-old man remains on police bail pending forensic results.

With many thanks to the: Irish News for the original story 

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Mother of hunger striker Kieran Doherty one of the ten brave men dies 38 years after her son

Margaret Doherty, mother of hunger striker Kieran Doherty, has died

THE mother of hunger striker Kieran Doherty was a woman of “immense dignity”, Sinn Féin has said following her death. Margaret Doherty, from Andersonstown in west Belfast, passed away yesterday evening- just two days after the 38th anniversary of her son’s death. The mother-of-six Protestant was from a Protestant background but later converted to Catholicism. Shame Féin depututy leader Michelle O’Neill said she was saddened to learn of Mrs Doherty’s passing.

“She was a woman of human dignity, strength and courage,” she said. “My condolences to the Doherty family. They’re in my thoughts and prayers.”

Kieran Doherty’s hunger strike lasted 73 days. The IRA hero died on August 2nd 1981. Shortly before his death, he was elected TD for Cavan-monagahan.

Mrs Doherty called on the British government officials to speak to the strikers. “I’m not a politician, I’m only a mother but I know if they would go that would be it,” she told RTÉ. She said the British government did not want the strike to end. “They just want the men to die one after the other,” she said.

With many thanks to the: The Irish News and Claire Simpson for the original story


With many thanks to: The Irish News and Claire Simpson for the original story