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IRA secret agents in civil service keep republicans in business

IRA 'sleeper agents' have infiltrated the civil service to protect its vast criminal empire

Published 04/10/2015 | 02:30

Minister Fitzgerald said it was 'absolutely clear' that the IRA were involved in criminal activity and that 'no blind eye will be turned to any of that activity'.
Minister Fitzgerald said it was 'absolutely clear' that the IRA were involved in criminal activity and that 'no blind eye will be turned to any of that activity'.

The IRA not only exists but continues to operate moles in the civil service to protect and promote its huge financial network and other interests, senior garda sources have revealed.

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The Garda Special Detective Unit is aware of the identity of several moles who they believe have being carrying out infiltration of the public service for years.

Another figure is suspected of being behind the January 2011 raid on the Revenue Commissioner'offices s at Ashtown Gate on the Navan Road, in Dublin, in which extensive files on the IRA's crime empire, contained on 10 laptops, were stolen.

It is also believed that IRA moles in the public sector have also protected senior figures within the organisation about whom complaints of sexual abuse have been made. A male and female, not related, are suspected of helping in this cover-up of senior IRA child sex abusers, some of whom are active in Sinn Fein.

The IRA team who raided the Revenue Commissioners used a swipe card during a 30-minute window when the offices were empty but the main alarm system had not yet been activated. The unit concerned, none of whose staff are suspects, investigates tax evasion and fraud and works closely with the Cab.

At the time, the Revenue was investigating a major criminal network involving front companies which had funnelled tens of millions into republican coffers, including its many off-shore accounts.

CCTV showed the three masked raiders using a magnetic swipe card on a side entrance to the building then head to the top floor, where they carefully selected computers they wanted.

The raiders brought equipment to cut through the chains and padlocks used to secure laptops to desks. The 10 laptops, believed to have been wiped and smashed, were found some weeks later.

Sources have told the Sunday Independent that infiltration of the public service continues to help hide the IRA's massive crime empire.

They are aware of one small business premises in a village on the northern side of the Border which has been used to launder tens of millions and possibly as much as €100m not only of IRA money but also money on behalf of drugs gangs in recent years.

Gardai believe this 'business' was the subject of a robbery earlier this summer in which, sources say, a substantial amount of cash, possibly as much as €500,000, was stolen and a member of staff disappeared. No complaint has been received by gardai or, it is understood, the PSNI.

And sources point to apparent collusion within the public service over the establishment of a Provo-run business in apparent contravention of a slew of planning, road traffic and health and safety rules which would have prevented any ordinary business person from opening.

The premises was bought by a man who is suspected of acting as a front man for one of the top lieutenants of the IRA's boss. This lieutenant, who is suspected of involvement in the murder of innocent IRA victim Paul Quinn in 2008, operates fuel laundering operations in the Border area polluting local water supplies with the cancer-causing waste associated with the processing of diesel. This major environmental crime has been taking place for decades.

Proper investigation of the IRA's criminal empire ended a decade ago after the terror group, responsible for more than 2,000 murders, declared it was 'dumping arms' in 2006 in order to facilitate Sinn Fein's entry into government with the DUP at Stormont. Sinn Fein has repeatedly stated since the murders in Belfast earlier this year of Gerard 'Jock' Davison and former Provo Kevin McGuigan that the IRA doesn't exist.

But senior garda sources tell the Sunday Independent that there is no question that the IRA continues to exist but confines its activities mainly to promoting its massive criminal interests. It is believed Jock Davison was murdered over a dispute concerning the disappearance of a large amount of cash and that McGuigan, who was known to be openly critical of the IRA's criminality, was murdered as a diversion to support claims that he had murdered his former close associate.

The IRA's murder of Kevin McGuigan and the PSNI statement that the IRA was likely responsible, caused the political 'crisis' and suspension of the Stormont Executive.

The PSNI Chief Constable, George Hamilton, met the Garda Commissioner, Noirin O'Sullivan, at the annual 'cross-Border crime' conference last Wednesday. The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald and her Northern counterpart, Mr David Ford, also attended.

Both police chiefs were reported as saying there was no differences between them on their views on the existence or otherwise of the IRA, despite the Commissioner's personal letter to Sinn Fein TD Padraig MacLochlainn in February stating that the gardai 'hold no information or intelligence' that the IRA exists but confines its activities to criminality.

Mr Hamilton told reporters 'we are in the same place' and Ms O'Sullivan said they were 'absolutely' on the same page in relation to the IRA's role in organised crime.

By apparent contrast Minister Fitzgerald said it was 'absolutely clear' that the IRA were involved in criminal activity and that 'no blind eye will be turned to any of that activity'.

Sunday Independent

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