Saturday 23 September 2017

Notorious IRA sniper found dead

Undated handout photo of Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick, the last British soldier to die before the Good Friday peace agreement - Bernard McGinn (inset), the IRA sniper convicted of his killing, has been found dead.
Undated handout photo of Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick, the last British soldier to die before the Good Friday peace agreement - Bernard McGinn (inset), the IRA sniper convicted of his killing, has been found dead.

A NOTORIOUS IRA sniper convicted of killing the last British soldier to die before the Good Friday Agreement is understood to have died from a massive heart attack, writes Mark O'Regan.

Infamous IRA member Bernard McGinn (56) was found dead in a house in Killyconnigan, Monaghan town, on Saturday.

He was in poor health and had been receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer in the weeks before his death, it has emerged.

He received life sentences for the murders of three security forces members, including Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick, in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, in February 1997.

McGinn was sentenced to a total of 490 years in 1999 for 34 separate offences for his IRA activities. However, he was released in 2000 under the Good Friday Agreement.

Irish Independent

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