Real IRA behind Players shooting
Ex-Provos are using shootings and pipe-bomb attacks to expand their drug-peddling and extortion rackets
Published 01/08/2010 | 05:00
SO-CALLED "Real IRA" extortionists were behind last weekend's attack on the Players Lounge pub in Fairview in Dublin, which left the innocent doorman with critical head injuries and two innocent customers injured, one seriously.
The same dissident elements came close to causing multiple deaths in the North over the Orange Twelfth of July parading period when they attempted to set fire to the Dublin-Belfast train, with 55 passengers -- including women, children and the elderly -- trapped on board.
In Dublin, the group terming themselves the Real IRA have intimidated large numbers of publicans around Dublin into hiring their members as doormen. They have even muscled in on sporting clubs. They are simultaneously involved in extorting money from drug dealers and charging those whom they allow to sell drugs from the pubs where they control the doors.