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Tuesday 19 September 2017

IRA Diana plot man charged with being in terror group

A MAN who was once convicted in relation to an IRA plot to attack the late Princess Diana has been charged with IRA membership.

John 'Dollar' Daly was remanded in custody after being accused of being in an illegal organisation.

Daly (47) who works as a taxi driver, had been in custody at Finglas Garda Station for two days before his appearance before the Special Criminal Court yesterday.



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Shortly after Daly's arrest in Blanchardstown, a pipebomb was discovered in a garden by detectives probing dissident republican activity in north Dublin.

Armed officers from the garda's Special Branch searched the property in the Finglas area after they arrested Daly on Tuesday afternoon.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived at the north Dublin home at 2.50pm on Tuesday and made the device safe. No controlled explosion was required and the scene was declared safe at 4pm.

Daly previously received a suspended sentence after being convicted in Belgium on charges related to his part in planning attacks against British targets on continental Europe in 1990.

Two older Irishmen who were arrested with Daly in Belgium received jail sentences after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to attack goods and persons, illegally possessing weapons and using false papers.

Daly, of Dunsink Gardens, Finglas, was given a one-year suspended sentence while the other two IRA men were given custodial sentences in Belgium.

The trio were arrested in the city of Antwerp in December 1990, days before a visit to Belgium by Diana, Princess of Wales.

Police found a gun, three Kalashnikov rifles, two automatic rifles, a revolver and a pistol in an apartment they had rented.

Gerry Roche, then aged 41, from Shannon, Co Clare, who admitted possessing the weapons, received a three-year term.

Kieran McCarthy, then aged 30, from Cobh, Co Cork, admitted having a fake driving licence and was jailed for two years.

Local sources say that 'Dollar' Daly was "very friendly" with Wayne Doherty (32), the dad-of-two who was shot dead by gangland criminal Robert Egan outside a house in Hartstown, west Dublin, in July 2009. Egan is currently serving a nine year sentence for Mr Doherty's manslaughter. His brother Jason was shot seven times in the back and killed by the IRA in a shooting which gardai believe was in direct retaliation for the death of Mr Doherty.

'Dollar' Daly is due to appear before the Special Criminal Court again next Thursday, where it is anticipated an application for bail will be made.

Separately, a Ballyfermot republican who survived a near-fatal gun attack in September is to address a dissident commemoration in Limerick this weekend.

Frank Nolan (48) is scheduled to give the oration at the annual Sean South commemoration, organised by a group styling itself Real Sinn Fein or Republican Sinn Fein, on Sunday afternoon in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery.



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Nolan suffered serious injuries when he was shot at close range by a teenage gunman who approached him on a bicycle as the victim walked in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin on September 7.

Republican Sinn Fein said Mr Nolan had been attacked because he took a stance against drug gangs.

Gardai were also investigating whether he was the victim of a feud between dissident groups. Nolan had survived other attempts on his life, including a pipebomb attack on his home in July.

He was strongly linked to Liam Kenny (53), who was murdered at his Clondalkin home last June.

kfoy@herald.ie

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