Wednesday 22 November 2017

Former IRA hunger striker Marian Price yet to be tried on Massereene

David Young

ANOTHER prominent republican is to be tried in connection with the Massereene murders, while police suspect at least one more person was involved.

Old Bailey bomber Marian Price has been charged with providing property for the purposes of terrorism and earlier this week a judge ruled there was a prima facie case against her as he returned her for trial.

The 57-year-old former IRA hunger striker, who along with her sister Dolours was jailed in 1973 for her role in a republican bombing campaign in London, allegedly provided a mobile phone for the Massereene murder gang.

And police also believe one member of that gang was a son of self-confessed republican killer Dominic McGlinchey.

The claim that one of his sons drove the getaway car used in the gun attack was made by a defence barrister during the six-week trial of Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers.

Barry MacDonald QC, representing Duffy, told the court: "Police hold reliable information to indicate that a son of Dominic McGlinchey Snr was the driver of the vehicle which was subsequently recovered by police and was used in the fatal shooting of two soldiers in Antrim on March 7 2009."

Dominic McGlinchey Jnr, 34, and Declan McGlinchey, 35, were both arrested and questioned by police investigating the murders but neither was charged.

Earlier in the trial, a prosecution barrister put it to Shivers that he and Dominic McGlinchey Jnr were both members of hardline republican political group Erigi and that the two of them took part in the Massereene plot.

"You were involved in this attack along with your friend Dominic McGlinchey," he said.

Dominic McGlinchey Jnr has denied the criminal allegations made against him during the trial and has indicated his intention to make formal complaints to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Police Ombudsman over the references about him made in open court.

His father, Dominic Snr, was a notorious member of republican splinter group the Irish National Liberation Army.

He was assassinated in 1994 in the Irish Republic.

Price is a prominent member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, a political group linked to the Real IRA.

She was first questioned by detectives about the Massereene attack in November 2009 but was not formally charged until July last year.

At that point, she was already being held in solitary confinement in Maghaberry high security jail in Co Antrim, having also been charged with encouraging support for an illegal organisation in relation to a separate incident.

She was accused of holding a speech for a masked man at a dissident republican rally in Derry on Easter Sunday 2011.

That charge prompted Northern Ireland Secretary of State Owen Paterson to revoke her early release licence, which had been granted as part of the peace process.

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