On-the-run ex-IRA leader was boss in Republic when McCabe killed
A former Provisional IRA leader on the run after skipping bail on charges of child sexual abuse was the terrorists' boss in the Republic when Detective Garda Jerry McCabe was murdered.
The callous shooting of the detective in Adare, Co Limerick, shocked the nation in 1996 and led to a major manhunt for his killers.
The IRA immediately distanced itself from the murder, which had been carried out by its so-called Munster unit.
However, it later admitted that its members were responsible while claiming the shooting had not been sanctioned by its ruling Army Council.
As a result of an internal inquiry, the Belfast-born man, who had been operating as the head of the terror organisation's southern command from his base in Tallaght, Co Dublin, stepped down from his leading role.
He was also alleged to have been involved in sanctioning the murder of Portlaoise chief prison officer Brian Stack.
The IRA figure moved to Spain after he was demoted. While he was living there gardaí from a Dublin station in the north of the city carried out a two-year investigation into claims by a woman that he sexually assaulted her more than 20 years ago.
He was arrested by police in Alicante in February 2016 and was extradited to Ireland in April 2016, where he appeared at Dublin District Court. The man was bailed despite Garda objections.
Two days before the case was due to begin in June 2017, he went missing and has not been traced since.