Crime boss who recruited garda murderer Adrian Crevan Mackin was informant
The 'dissident' republican crime boss who recruited garda murderer Adrian Crevan Mackin has been a protected high-level informant for years and is also currently on bail, according to security sources.
The gangster, who has no republican background but uses the 'Real IRA' tag to instill fear in his extortion victims, has been recruiting young men in the north Louth area for years.
He runs a drug operation dealing in steroids as well as using violence against vulnerable business people and farmers along the Border.
The Sunday Independent reported on one of his attacks on an innocent farmer in June this year during which the victim suffered broken bones and stab wounds when three men attacked him at his home while demanding money. The matter was reported to gardai but no known action took place.
It is thought that Adrian Crevan Mackin, who shot dead Garda Tony Golden, may have been one of the three-man gang who attacked the farmer.
It also emerged yesterday that Tommy Eccles, one of the three IRA men convicted of murdering Garda Tony Hand in August 1984 at Drumree, Co Meath, is a member of the Cooley Community Alert Group - which had been advocating for more policing in the area prior to Garda Golden's murder on October 11.
Eccles and two others were sentenced to death for the capital murder of Garda Hand, but this was commuted to 40 years imprisonment and they were released under the Good Friday Agreement IRA amnesty in 1998.
Eccles is said to be the Alert group's treasurer. He is one of many ex-IRA and Sinn Fein members who have taken up positions on local community safety and policing boards on both sides of the Border.
Following the murder of Garda Golden, Garda management has appointed Chief Superintendent Dairmuid O'Sullivan, formerly the senior operational officer in the Special Detective Unit to take over control of Border security.
Chief Super O'Sullivan, who led the murder investigation against sex-killer Graham Dwyer in Dun Laoghaire, replaces Louth Divisional Chief Superintendent Pat Magee who retires this week.