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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Fresh probe into fatal garda shooting of IRA raider

Tom Brady

Published 02/07/2014|02:30

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The incident took place on a day when most of the garda force were involved in a “blue flu” industrial action
The incident took place on a day when most of the garda force were involved in a “blue flu” industrial action

THE Government is to set up a commission of investigation into the garda shooting of a dissident republican during a terrorist armed raid on a security van 16 years ago.

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Real IRA activist Ronan McLoughlin was shot dead by gardai as they foiled the hold-up a Securicor van near Ashford, Co Wicklow, on May 1, 1998.

The incident took place on a day when most of the garda force were involved in a "blue flu" industrial action.

The Cabinet decided yesterday to set up a one-person commission to examine the circumstances of the shooting after McLoughlin's partner brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights.

An inquest held in 2009 returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

On the day of the raid, the gang was armed with an assault rifle, a pump-action shotgun and revolver, an imitation rocket launcher and an angle grinder for cutting through metal.

The inquest heard that McLoughlin pointed a gun at a detective sergeant and a number of shots were fired.

It was later established that gardai fired three weapons during the confrontation and that the fatal shot was fired from a Smith and Wesson revolver.

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