Garda killer supplied handguns to terrorists
Garda killer Adrian Crevan Mackin had been involved in reactivating decommissioned handguns which he was supplying to criminal gangs and terrorists.
The 24-year-old, who murdered Garda Tony Golden and left his former partner fighting for her life, had been ordering the weapons from the United States over the internet and receiving them by post.
Separately, he was also buying parts for handguns online which he then used to reactivate the replicas as lethal weapons.
The Irish Independent can reveal that the Garda Special Branch searched Crevan Mackin's house in Omeath in January after being tipped off by US authorities.
He was already well-known to gardaí and the PSNI for his involvement in a breakaway faction of the Real IRA and had been spotted regularly in the company of "major players".