Sunday 22 September 2019

'Pay up or you're a dead man' - Threat to IRA thug over €250,000 extortion cash

David Dodrill
David Dodrill

Ken Foy

An IRA thug is facing a sinister death threat if he cannot come up with missing cash for dangerous dissident republicans.

David Dodrill (34), from Finglas, is due to be released from prison over the coming weeks after being jailed for an extortion campaign.

He sparked an IRA feud when he was convicted of the €264,000 extortion plot.

Dodrill  should walk free from high-security Portlaoise Prison shortly and sources say that he has an "uncertain future" when he gets out.

"The perception is that Dodrill has a lot of questions to answer, he is facing a potential kangaroo court in the North when he is let out," a source said.

"IRA bosses want to question him about money that went missing and also about his involvement in a feud with Alan Ryan's faction that broke out after Dodrill was sent to prison.

"This individual has a lot of questions to answer from his former associates and, of course, he will also be closely monitored by the Special Detective Unit," the source added.

Dodrill was jailed for six years in April, 2012, after the Special Criminal Court heard that he extorted more than €250,000 from a fish-and-chip shop owner by threatening him with the Real IRA.

It later emerged that there were certain "irregularities" in relation to where this cash went and this is why Dodrill may be facing the wrath of his former pals.


It emerged in court that he intimidated the businessman into handing over huge sums of cash during a two-year period.

On one occasion the father-of-two threatened to break the man's legs if he didn't hand over €5,000.

Dodrill admitted membership of the IRA in the Special Criminal Court, where gardai revealed that over a period of two years, Dodrill forced the businessman to hand over around €164,000.

In addition he ordered him to pay €2,000 a week from 2010 to 2011, making an additional €100,000 before he was busted in a surveillance operation.

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