INLA resurgent

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  1. The INLA are making a comeback. They've abandoned all pretence of being republican revolutionaries and are now openly operating as bona fide criminals.

    Violence and murder: how the INLA is taking over drugs turf
    Mick McCaffrey, Security Editor

    THEY may regard him as one of Ireland's most wanted, but when gardai met with drug dealer Freddie Thompson before Christmas, it was not to arrest him, but to warn him about a threat to his life. Thompson, one of the country's biggest drug dealers, and the leader of a gang based in Drimnagh in Dublin, has been targeted by the Irish National Liberation Army and is regarded by gardai as a "dead man walking".

    When they met the 27-year-old last month, gardai told him that the INLA was preparing to murder him. Only a few weeks before, an AK-47 assault rifle that was to be used in the assassination was intercepted on a busy Dublin street. It was the most chilling reminder yet that the INLA has become a bigger threat than the IRA in the capital, where it has been linked to murder, extortion, grenade attacks and drug dealing. Officers regard the threat against Thompson as being very real because the INLA is determined to take over his lucrative drugs territory across the south city.

    Despite being warned last summer that there would be consequences if they didn't leave Thompson's patch, the INLA continues to deal there and even put a pipe-bomb in a car used by the gang leader last September.

    The INLA has now decided to eliminate Fat Freddie, as he is known. The gang boss is taking the warnings very seriously and moves between safe houses around south Dublin as well as spending long periods in Spain and Holland.

    The threats against Thompson and the reemergence of the INLA as a major criminal group have coincided with the release from prison of its Dublin commander, Declan "Whacker" Duffy last February. The last 12 months has seen the INLA grow to such an extent that it is now carrying out more criminal acts than the IRA and has moved in on turf controlled by the provisionals. It is under active garda investigation in relation to four murders last year. The group is suspected of murdering drug dealer Roy Coddington in Co Meath last March after the 36-year-old refused to pay protection money.

    Gardai investigating the double murder of garage owner Brian Downes and his employee Eddie Ward in Walkinstown last October are also examining potential INLA involvement.

    It is known that the organisation attempted to extort money in the months before the double murder but that Downes refused to pay. He was warned that this would lead to his murder; one of the main lines of inquiry is that Downes was shot as a result of the refusal.

    The killing of his friend and fellow car dealer Seanie McMahon last November could also be linked to the INLA, according to senior gardai. The group had also been attempting to extort money from McMahon and were worried that he would try to avenge his friend's death. This theory is being actively investigated at the moment.

    It is not just the activities of drug dealers and businessmen that have been interrupted by the re-emergence of the INLA as a criminal force to be reckoned with. The IRA in Dublin has also felt the heat.

    An arrangement has existed for over 20 years where dealers across the capital pay off the IRA for protection and to ensure that they are not targeted by anti-drugs groups.

    Criminals such as 'The Viper' Martin Foley routinely pay the movement. In the last year the INLA has been seeking a share of what it sees as the Republican pie and has approached IRA 'clients' seeking extortion payments. The IRA is furious about this but the INLA has stood its ground. A senior member even inflicted a terrible beating on one of Dublin's most senior IRA figures in a packed pub in the Coombe last July.

    The beating is part of a deliberate campaign by the INLA to sideline its rivals which so far has worked. The IRA did not respond (political considerations means it has to be discreet about using violence) and the INLA is now collecting cash that has traditionally gone to the Provisionals.

    One of the IRA's most valuable volunteers in Dublin over the last 30 years recently defected to the INLA in a move which shocked both Sinn Fein and the IRA. He was an expert on financing the movement.

    Because of the INLA's links with foreign arms dealers, forged through 30 years of the troubles, the group has access to a deadly arsenal of weapons and is not afraid to use them. For example, a senior INLA commander became involved in a minor dispute with a petty criminal last June and threw a hand grenade at his home in the south-inner city.

    Nobody was injured in the attack. Just weeks later another grenade attack occurred at a house on Slane Road in Crumlin following the death of an inmate in Mountjoy prison. Garda forensic experts linked these two incidents and an investigation determined that the INLA sold a south-Dublin criminal gang the device for around 2,500.

    The two grenades were part of a batch smuggled by the INLA from the former Yugoslavia and it is feared that they could control dozens of the devices and are selling them to Dublin gangs in a lucrative sideline.

    A specialist garda unit has been set up to investigate the huge increase in pipe bomb and grenade attacks and the army bomb disposal unit was called out on 16 separate occasions in just six weeks last summer.

    The extent of the criminal activities of the INLA is not only concerning senior gardai but it is also beginning to have political consequences. In the most recent report of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) last November, the organisation was named as being involved in protection rackets as well as offering its services to organised crime gangs, most especially in Dublin.

    If the current degree of criminality continues there is speculation that the IMC will have little option but to declare the INLA's ceasefire as being over. Money raised in Dublin gets sent to the INLA leadership in Belfast and is used to run the organisation there.

    Garda sources say that the core membership of the INLA only runs to around 20 individuals.

    The organisation is most active in Tallaght, Blanchardstown and Finglas but operates across the city. Detectives say that the INLA has taken advantage of the void left by the weakening of the IRA since the peace process. The group has exploited the demise of several major criminal gangs over the last two years as an opportunity to make serious money.

    Gardai say that unlike the IRA there is no political aim or doctrine behind the INLA other than to make as much money as possible. They say that they are now more feared than the Provos in Dublin and will quickly grow far bigger if they are left unchecked.

    Duffy's history of no mercy THEman reputedly in charge of the INLA's Dublin unit is 33-year-old Declan "Whacker" Duffy. Duffy, who is from Armagh, re-assumed control of the organisation when he was released from prison last February after he completed a nine-year sentence for his role in the socalled 'Ballymount Bloodbath' in 1999. The INLA took six men hostage when they went to a factory in the Ballymount industrial estate to demand money from the owner.

    The men were viciously tortured and transported to a van. Twelve of their friends then arrived, after which a massive brawl ensued. INLA volunteer Patrick 'Bo' Campbell died after being struck with a machete. Duffy, who had wanted to shoot one hostage, was in charge of the operation.

    He was convicted on the strength of a note to the INLA leadership that was discovered in his possession detailing exactly what happened at the warehouse.

    While serving his sentence in Castlerea, Duffy worked as the bodyguard of notorious INLA murderer Dessie O'Hare, the 'Border Fox'. Gardai believe that O'Hare works as an enforcer for Duffy, using his reputation for extreme violence to collect drug debts and extort money. Duffy had been out of prison less than six months before he came to the attention of the authorities. Last August the Garda Special Branch received a tip-off that a man had been kidnapped and was being held hostage at a house on Cushlawn Drive in Tallaght. When armed detectives raided the house they discovered a 21-year-old man bound and gagged lying naked in the bath upstairs. He was in agony and covered in blood, having been attacked with a wheel-brace and a broom handle. The torture had lasted hours. The victim was a son of a small West Dublin businessman from whom the gang was trying to extort money. Nine people, including Duffy, were arrested in a downstairs room. Gardai believe that those in the house were an active INLA service unit. The man was so scared of the gang that he refused to make a complaint. A file on the incident has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Following a dispute last summer with a small drugs gang in the south-inner city Duffy was told by gardai that a contract had been taken out on his life. In an interview he said: "Anyone who even considers taking up the contract will be held as accountable as those taking it out." Duffy has previously bragged about kneecapping people and is known to be fond of inflicting violence. He cannot return to Northern Ireland because he is wanted for questioning over the murder of Sgt Michael Newman who was shot dead by the INLA in Derby in March 2002. He joined the INLA at 13 after his older brother was shot dead by the British army in 1987 and has served five years for escaping from custody at gunpoint. Duffy lives in the Coombe with his partner. Their house is a two minute walk from the home of his enemy, Freddie Thompson.

    INLA working every angle of crime GARDA sources say that the INLA "has its finger in literally every pie" when it comes to criminality in Dublin. The group makes its money on a day to day basis by extorting cash from businesses across the capital. A company is approached and told that it has to pay a certain amount each week to ensure it is "protected". People feel they have little option but to pay.

    Those who have refused have found their homes firebombed, family members beaten and . . . in four cases last year . . . murdered.

    The INLA supplies bouncers and security guards to dozens of pubs and clubs in Dublin and also receives payments from drug dealers in order to let them operate free from threats and intimidation.

    In some areas INLA members will deal heroin and cocaine themselves over the heads of established dealers and will use violence to force them out and claim the turf for themselves. The sale of pipe bombs and hand grenades brings in significant sums.

    The most recent fundraising initiative involve them buying the drug debts of petty addicts from small to medium dealers. If an addict owes /10,000 the INLA adds around /5,000 to the principal and warns that if the debt is not paid they will be murdered.

    Gardai have identified several cases where the parents of addicts have had to remortgage their houses in order to pay the drug debt because they are terrified of what might happen if the bill is not settled.

    Gardai have had success against them.

    Last November they arrested a man carrying an AK-47 in a bag on Camden Street with 21 rounds of ammunition. The previous month members of the Special Branch swooped on a premises in Stanhope Street and discovered three pipe bombs, two handguns and ammunition as well as balaclavas and fake security guard uniforms.
  2. Resurgent INLA responsible for four murders
    Mick McCaffrey, Security Editor

    GARDAI are investigating INLA involvement in four murders last year and now regard the renegade republican group as being a bigger threat in Dublin than the IRA.

    Officers probing the murders of drug dealer Roy Coddington, garage owner Brian Downes, his employee Eddie Ward and car dealer Sean McMahon, have found INLA links to all the killings.

    Detectives are alarmed at the growth of the organisation over the last year and investigations have tied them to murder, drug-dealing, extortion rackets and the sale of deadly hand-grenades.

    Gardai recently warned one of the country's biggest drug dealers, 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, that the INLA had taken out a contract on his life and even intercepted a rifle to be used in the killing.

    The INLA, which has a core membership of just 20 people, has been targeting areas traditionally controlled by the IRA and has forcibly taken over extortion and drug rackets from the provisionals.

    The re-emergence of the INLA as a serious criminal force over the last 12 months has coincided with the release from prison of its Dublin commander, Declan 'Whacker' Duffy. The 33-year-old was released last February after completing a nine-year sentence for his role in the infamous 'Ballymount Bloodbath' in 1999, when an INLA volunteer died following a mass brawl at a Dublin warehouse.

    Since being freed, Duffy and the INLA have increasingly come to the attention of the Garda Special Branch.

    Duffy was arrested last August after armed gardai raided a house in Tallaght and found a 21-year-old man in agony in the bath after being badly tortured with a wheel brace and broom handle.

    Nine suspected members of an INLA active service unit were detained in the house and it is thought the victim was being tortured to extort money from his father, a Dublin businessman. The victim was too scared to make a statement.

    Duffy, who is wanted in Northern Ireland for questioning about the murder of a British policeman, had a contract placed on his life earlier this year and warned that any criminal considering trying to murder him would be hunted down and executed.

    The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), which records the activities of terrorist groups, also expressed concern about the recent growth of the INLA in its last report.

    "Members have been heavily involved in a range of serious criminal activity north and south, in the case of the latter, apparently with greater energy than in the recent past, albeit for personal gain, " it said.

    "This activity has included providing protection and undertaking paid services for organised crime gangs, from which it secures a considerable income. This is particularly the case in the Dublin area".

    It is feared that if the growth of the INLA in the North and the Republic continues, the IMC will have little option but to declare its ceasefire over, which would have considerable political implications.
  3. msr

    msr LE

    Gardai recently warned one of the country's biggest drug dealers, 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, that the INLA had taken out a contract on his life and even intercepted a rifle to be used in the killing.

    Rather than arrest him for drug dealing?

  4. Aah, patriots all!

  5. Well, It goes to prove. After not having much to do with Northern Ireland, they resort to drugs and crime. Following in the line of the UDA.
  6. Unlike INLA the Gardai need to be able to prove it in court.

    It's a very good article and sadly what he is describing is not confined to Dublin, very similar things are currently happening in Strabane and Londonderry.

    Mr McCaffrey will not have made himself popular with the the Shinners by printing details of PIRAs involvement in the drugs trade. It really is the last taboo in Ireland mentioning that PIRA are, and have been for a long time, deeply mired in drug dealing both north and south of the Border. He has better stand by for one of PSF/PIRAs smear campaigns.
  7. Exactly, it doesn't really come as a surprise. There were some very nasty people in the INLA and they could have done a lot worse if SB et al didn't keep intercepting their weapons.

    It seems like a perfectly easy career choice for some recently 'unemployed' terrorists.

    T C
  8. Well well - Dessie O'Hare. A fecking nutter if ever there was one and more's the pity he didn't go the same way as that other fecker Grew. INLA are a bunch of nutters and they should thank God they were fighting us. Many other countries would have "offed" these psychos without hesitation.
  9. IIRC 3/4 of INLA were Touts anyway!! we had 'em proper stiched up!!
  10. chimera

    chimera LE Moderator

    And they hadn't spent most of their existence killing each other in internal feuds
  11. Aye that too. Mind you, they needed something to keep themselves busy!

    T C

  12. Fat Freddy the bastarddrd is a suspected drug dealer so the poxy letter of the law has to be observed

    whereas the Gardai should have let the inla (never give them capitals)

    off the drug dealing bastards

    I actually cant think of any justification why they shouldnt

    But we should realise the inla are the most dangerous criminal gang of

    bastardsssss we as a civilised society will have to face
  13. An excellent article. Is Dessie O'Hare out and about then? The article doesn't make that clear. I agree R-M, a complete loony tune, who sadly missed an interview with THEM.
  14. He appears to be. In the early '80's (IIRC) we attempted to extradite Dessie northwards, got him in Ulster from the Gardai, interviewed by RUC Senior Officers and - not enough evidence to charge him with anything!

    So returned to the South amidst much recrimination between Dublin, London and Belfast.
  15. And some, even by the standards of the mid 70s when they formed (planet of the IRSPs) they were class A nutters. Pychopath central.