Tuesday 26 September 2017

Garda killer cremated secretly in Belfast city ceremony

Adrian Crevan Mackin: Had serious convictions in the North, but was out on bail
Adrian Crevan Mackin: Had serious convictions in the North, but was out on bail

Paul Williams and Deborah McAleese

Garda killer Adrian Crevan Mackin has been cremated after a secret funeral in Belfast yesterday morning attended by just a handful of acquaintances.

An undertaker from his home town of Newry finally agreed to do the job after being contacted by friends of Mackin's, when it emerged that he had effectively been disowned by members of his family.

In stark contrast to the State funeral for Garda Tony Golden on Thursday, when thousands of mourners thronged the village of Blackrock, Co Louth to pay their respects to the father of three, Mackin's remains were discreetly driven to Roselawn crematorium in South Belfast for a quick funeral service and cremation at 10.30am yesterday.

According to a source the service was "quick, clinical and impersonal".

"A half-hour slot was booked but it didn't take that long. A priest said a few prayers and then he was cremated. Only around two dozen people turned up, if that. He has been shunned by everyone who knew him," the source added.

Unclaimed

Mackin's remains lay unclaimed in a hospital morgue as attempts were made to find an undertaker to collect them this week.

A number of funeral directors initially refused to handle the remains of the young thug, who was facing terrorism charges before his shooting spree.

Meanwhile, in a remarkable display of rank-and-file solidarity, officers from all over Ireland have been volunteering to go on duty with their colleagues in County Louth to boost their numbers.

Gardaí from around the country have volunteered to work on their own time in Dundalk since Tony Golden's murder to help their colleagues traumatised by the second killing of a member in the district in less than three years.

It is understood that up to 40 extra officers are also to be seconded to Dundalk from units in Dublin to beef up the local units, which have been depleted in recent years.

The Irish Independent previously revealed that the number of gardaí policing border towns in Co Louth has dropped by around 75pc since 2000.

The figures show that there has been a drop of between 60pc and 80pc in several stations, including Dromad, Omeath and Hackballscross, as well as the district headquarters in Dundalk.

Local garda sources describe the situation as "ludicrous" especially considering it borders on the 'bandit country' of South Armagh, where criminal terror gangs are free to operate at will.

It is understood that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and Garda HQ were accused by rank-and-file officers at a meeting on Monday of reneging on a promise to boost the numbers in the district following the murder of Adrian Donohoe, which remains unsolved.

A local source said: "There is intense anger at this situation, we were promised the numbers to help us to police this area, which has one of the highest rates of crime in the country.

"But instead of all the help we were promised we actually lost members - since Adrian Donohoe was murdered there has been a drop of over 50pc in the number of detectives alone.

"Everyone here, apart from feeling sad and bereft, also feels very, very let down. The extra people being sent to us, we know, will be pulled after a few weeks when the fuss settles down and we will be back to square one . . . it is a disgrace."

Irish Independent

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