An explosive new book by a Blackrock College boy who went on to become a senior member of the IRA has exposed how Sinn Fein is controlled by the IRA.
The book, 'Southside Provisional', is written by Kieran Conway, from a middle-class family in South County Dublin, who went to UCD after Blackrock College but dropped out to join the IRA in the early 1970s.
In the book, Mr Conway writes about his participation in bank raids and gun battles and his encounters with leading IRA figures. Among these he includes Gerry Adams, who he refers to as "a mendacious, lying bastard".
Adams continues to deny that he was ever in the IRA.
Mr Conway left the IRA in 1993. He is now a solicitor specialising in criminal law and his book, published this weekend, is subtitled From Freedom Fighter to the Four Courts.
In it, he claims that Sinn Fein was infiltrated by the IRA and is still controlled by senior members of the armed movement. According to Mr Conway, this has continued even though the IRA has "gone away".
"Sinn Fein, quite simply, are Ireland's Bolsheviks. And I don't mean that in terms of its place on the left-right spectrum, for that is moveable. I mean it is a party whose unflinching focus is on achieving power," Mr Conway told the Irish Independent.
"For much of its existence, Sinn Fein was a support group for the IRA, a junior and not terribly effective part of the republican movement. Though always controlled from a distance by the IRA, the IRA leadership decided in the late 1970s that the party would come under IRA control at every level."
He claims IRA volunteers, including himself, were 'seconded' into Sinn Fein, becoming dual members of the IRA and Sinn Fein,
'Southside Provisional' by Kieran Conway is published by Orpen Press.