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Seamus Grew/Roddy Carroll: Fallen Comrades of the IRSM

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  • Danielle Ni Dhighe
    Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement Seamus Grew Member - Irish Republican Socialist Party Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 11, 2012
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      Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

      Seamus Grew
      Member - Irish Republican Socialist Party
      Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Assassinated on 12 December 1982

      Seamus Grew, age 31, was killed along with Roddy Carroll when the car
      they were in was fired on by members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary
      Special Branch's E4 surveillance unit at a checkpoint in Armagh City.

      Both men were unarmed and were killed instantly. The RUC had been led
      to believe by an informer that their real target, INLA chief of staff
      Dominic McGlinchey, would be in the car as it crossed the border from
      an INLA meeting in County Monaghan in the 26 Counties.

      RUC Constable John Robinson was put on trial for his role in the
      murders but was found not guilty. He claimed the RUC officers thought
      they had been shot at. When challenged with evidence that Grew and
      Carroll were unarmed, Robinson claimed instead that the two men had
      crashed through a roadblock and the RUC officers were fearful of
      being run down by the car.

      The judge said he was not concerned with an RUC cover up, only
      whether Robinson was guilty or not. Not surprisingly, he ruled that
      Robinson "honestly believed he was fired at and his life was in
      danger."

      In 1979, Grew had been shot in the throat, captured, and sentenced to
      four years in prison for INLA activities. He was released after
      serving two years, and survived an assassination attempt by
      pro-British loyalist gunmen two months before he was killed.

      His brother Dessie was a Provisional Irish Republican Army member
      killed by the British Army's Special Air Service at Loughgall, County
      Armagh in 1990.

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

      Roderick "Roddy" Carroll
      Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Assassinated on 12 December 1982

      Roddy Carroll, age 21, was killed along with Seamus Grew when their
      car was fired on by the Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch's E4
      surveillance unit at a checkpoint in Armagh City. The British
      occupation forces alleged he was the INLA's top gunman in County
      Armagh.

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

      They died as they lived: as Republican Socialists. Remember them with
      honour and pride.
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