Fury over bid to link Mad Dog's son to murders
Republican dissidents are in "uproar" over an attempt by a murder suspect to link the son of Dominic 'Mad Dog' McGlinchey to the killing of two British soldiers, the Herald has learned.
Supporters of Dominic McGlinchey Junior are furious over the bid to blame him for driving the getaway car in the murder of two British soldiers in the north two years ago.
They have also claimed that McGlinchey Junior rejected a plea from supporters of republican prisoner Colin Duffy to agree that his name be read out in court as the Police Service of Northern Ireland's suspect in the case.
A fortnight ago, Duffy's defence barrister Barry MacDonald told a court in Antrim: "Police hold reliable information to indicate that a son of Dominic McGlinchey Snr was the driver of the vehicle which was subsequently recovered by police and was used in the fatal shooting of two soldiers."
Duffy is one of two men charged with murdering British army sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey outside Massereene barracks in 2008.
A supporter of McGlinchey Junior said the court claim has caused "uproar, outrage and anger" within republicanism.
McGlinchey's father was one of the most notorious terrorists of the Troubles and in the mid-1980s became Ireland's most wanted man.
The self-confessed INLA murderer led the terror group during its bloodiest period.
The original 'Mad Dog' died in a hail of bullets in Drogheda 18 years ago. He was gunned down in a revenge attack by a South Armagh family who blamed him for murdering their brother-in-law during the 1980s.
That killing was witnessed by Dominic Junior who watched his father being shot dead while he tried to make a call from a Drogheda phone booth.
Those backing his son described the decision to name him in court as "felon setting."
McGlinchey Junior has denied the allegations made in court and said that since they were made public he has lost his job in Co Derry.
One of his supporters told the Herald: "Before the trial, a message was sent out of Maghaberry jail that Colin Duffy wanted to know if it was okay to state in court that the police had Dominic Junior as their main suspect.
"Naturally, Dominic said absolutely not and he thought that as the end of it. He couldn't believe it nor could most republicans when they heard these claims made during the trial."
He said there was anger towards Duffy over the attempt to bring McGlinchey Junior into the frame.
Duffy is currently on 24-hour lock-up inside Maghaberry prison in the north and is on a no-wash protest against his incarceration in the jail.
The Lurgan republican, along with Brian Shivers, denies involvement in the Real IRA double murder.