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Dominic McGlinchey: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM

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  • M A Nerd
    Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement Dominic McGlinchey Former Chief of Staff - Irish National Liberation Army Assassinated on 10 February
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 8, 2011
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      Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

      Dominic McGlinchey
      Former Chief of Staff - Irish National Liberation Army
      Assassinated on 10 February 1994

      Dominic McGlinchey was born in 1954 into a County Derry family with a
      strong republican background.

      He was interned without trial from August 1971 to June 1972 in the
      British prison camps of Ballykelly and Long Kesh, and was imprisoned
      again in 1973 on arms charges.

      Following his release, he joined an independent paramilitary unit in
      South Derry along with Ian Milne and future Provisional Irish
      Republican Army hunger striker Francis Hughes. Their activities led
      the Royal Ulster Constabulary to take the unusual step of issuing
      wanted posters.

      In the midst of his paramilitary career, he wed Mary McNeill on 5
      July 1975. The couple had three children: Declan, Dominic, and Marie
      (who died as an infant). Mary would later join the INLA with her
      husband.

      He was arrested by the Irish police in 1977 and charged with hijacking
      a police vehicle, threatening a police officer with a gun, and
      resisting arrest. While serving time in Portlaoise Prison, he joined
      the PIRA, but he clashed with the leadership and was dismissed in
      1982.

      Upon his release from prison later in 1982, he joined the INLA as
      operations officer for South Derry. Within six months, he was
      promoted to chief of staff. He made an immediate impact in that
      position, putting an end to dissension within the organisation and
      building it up throughout the country.

      Actions carried out during the period of his leadership included the
      bombing of the Mount Gabriel radar station in County Cork, which was
      being used by NATO in violation of Irish neutrality; the bombing of the
      Droppin' Well Bar, which catered to British soldiers; and numerous
      other attacks on British military personnel, RUC personnel, and
      members of pro-British death squads.

      He was arrested again on St. Patrick's Day, 1984, in County Clare,
      and was extradited to the North of Ireland the same night, where he
      was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In October
      1985, the Belfast Appeals Court overturned the conviction on the
      grounds of insufficient evidence and he was returned to the South to
      be sentenced to ten years in Portlaoise on firearms charges.

      While he was in prison, his wife, Mary, was murdered on 31 January
      1987 by unknown assailants. He resigned from the INLA during this
      period.

      After his final release from prison in March of 1993, he began
      investigating claims that a pro-British death squad, the Ulster
      Volunteer Force, was involved in money laundering with Irish
      criminals, and he also began working with activist and Irish
      Republican Socialist Party co-founder Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. In
      June of that year, he survived an assassination attempt by UVF member
      Billy Wright (who was later executed by the INLA in 1997).

      On 10 February 1994, McGlinchey was making a call from a phone box in
      Drogheda when two unknown men got out of a vehicle and shot him
      fourteen times.

      At his funeral, McAliskey eulogised him as "the finest republican of
      them all. He never dishonoured the cause he believed in. His war was
      with the armed soldiers and police of this state."

      http://www.irsp.ie/Background/fallen/dmcglinchey.html
    • Danielle Ni Dhighe
      Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement Dominic McGlinchey Former Chief of Staff - Irish National Liberation Army Assassinated on 10 February
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 9, 2013
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        Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

        Dominic McGlinchey
        Former Chief of Staff - Irish National Liberation Army
        Assassinated on 10 February 1994

        Dominic McGlinchey was born in 1954 into a County Derry family with a
        strong republican background.

        He was interned without trial from August 1971 to June 1972 in the
        British prison camps of Ballykelly and Long Kesh, and was imprisoned
        again in 1973 on arms charges.

        Following his release, he joined an independent paramilitary unit in
        South Derry along with Ian Milne and future Provisional Irish
        Republican Army hunger striker Francis Hughes. Their activities led
        the Royal Ulster Constabulary to take the unusual step of issuing
        wanted posters.

        In the midst of his paramilitary career, he wed Mary McNeill on 5
        July 1975. The couple had three children: Declan, Dominic, and Marie
        (who died as an infant). Mary would later join the INLA with her
        husband.

        He was arrested by the Irish police in 1977 and charged with hijacking
        a police vehicle, threatening a police officer with a gun, and
        resisting arrest. While serving time in Portlaoise Prison, he joined
        the PIRA, but he clashed with the leadership and was dismissed in
        1982.

        Upon his release from prison later in 1982, he joined the INLA as
        operations officer for South Derry. Within six months, he was
        promoted to chief of staff. He made an immediate impact in that
        position, putting an end to dissension within the organisation and
        building it up throughout the country.

        Actions carried out during the period of his leadership included the
        bombing of the Mount Gabriel radar station in County Cork, which was
        being used by NATO in violation of Irish neutrality; the bombing of the
        Droppin' Well Bar, which catered to British soldiers; and numerous
        other attacks on British military personnel, RUC personnel, and
        members of pro-British death squads.

        He was arrested again on St. Patrick's Day, 1984, in County Clare,
        and was extradited to the North of Ireland the same night, where he
        was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In October
        1985, the Belfast Appeals Court overturned the conviction on the
        grounds of insufficient evidence and he was returned to the South to
        be sentenced to ten years in Portlaoise on firearms charges.

        While he was in prison, his wife, Mary, was murdered on 31 January
        1987 by unknown assailants. He resigned from the INLA during this
        period.

        After his final release from prison in March of 1993, he began
        investigating claims that a pro-British death squad, the Ulster
        Volunteer Force, was involved in money laundering with Irish
        criminals, and he also began working with activist and Irish
        Republican Socialist Party co-founder Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. In
        June of that year, he survived an assassination attempt by UVF member
        Billy Wright (who was later executed by the INLA in 1997).

        On 10 February 1994, McGlinchey was making a call from a phone box in
        Drogheda when two unknown men got out of a vehicle and shot him
        fourteen times.

        At his funeral, McAliskey eulogised him as "the finest republican of
        them all. He never dishonoured the cause he believed in. His war was
        with the armed soldiers and police of this state."

        http://www.irsp.ie/Background/fallen/dmcglinchey.html
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