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Thursday 8 December 2016

Dissident IRA prisoners disowned garda killer Mackin

Adrian Crevan Mackin
Adrian Crevan Mackin

Garda killer Adrian Crevan Mackin was disowned by other dissident Republican prisoners when he spent over a week in Portlaoise Prison after being charged with IRA membership, it has emerged.

Mackin (24) was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the IRA on January 16 last following a garda and PSNI probe and spent nine days in prison before being released on bail by the High Court.

However, in a statement to the Herald yesterday from a group that comments for dissident republican terrorist organisation Oglaigh na hEireann, the dissidents denied that he had anything to do with them.

"Media reports which describe Adrian Mackin as a 'dissident republican' are totally inaccurate. Anyone familiar with Mackin would have described him as a Walter Mitty-type character and very likely a police informer," the statement said.

"Although he made several attempts to infiltrate several republican organisations prior to his arrest, his attempts failed."

The group also stated that after Mackin was transferred to Portlaoise, republican prisoners refused his entry to the republican E-Block.

Mackin was finally housed in A Block when he was in the jail.

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