Sunday 25 June 2017

Man who fatally shot garda was informer, say family

Adrian Mackin
Adrian Mackin
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The family of a man who shot dead Garda Tony Golden have claimed he was an informer and should not have been freed on bail after he was arrested for weapons possession.

Adrian Crevan Mackin shot dead Gda Golden following a domestic dispute at his home in Omeath, Co Louth, in October 2015.

His girlfriend Siobhán Philips was also injured in the attack before Mackin killed himself.

Mackin (24) had been arrested in January of that year after gardaí were tipped off by the FBI that he was importing guns.

Despite confessing to possessing the weapons in garda interviews, Mackin was charged with membership of the IRA, an offence he did not admit to.

An 'RTÉ Investigates' documentary, broadcast last night, carried claims that Mackin was sent to Portlaoise Prison to "spy" on the Real IRA and was later released on reduced bail after republicans refused him access to their wing.

His solicitor Paul Tiernan claimed: "He [Mackin] told me that he was advised that he was to infiltrate the Real IRA in Portlaois.

"He confirmed in his instructions that he was brought onto the political wing but very soon after arriving on the political wing he was expelled."

Mackin's sister, who did not show her face as part of the documentary, said Mackin was granted bail 10 days after he was first jailed.

She said that bail had been reduced from €20,000 to €5,000.

She insisted that following his release he became increasingly paranoid and believed dissident republicans were going to target him because they believed he was an IRA informer.

Asked why Mackin was charged with IRA membership rather than possession of weapons, gardaí said in a statement to the show: "In all cases An Garda Síochána provides the DPP with all relevant evidence. The DPP then decides on what charges are to be preferred based on that evidence."

Irish Independent

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