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Monday 26 February 2018

Rare images recall Dominic McGlinchey gun battle

Domnic McGlinchey is handed over to the RUC by the gardai at the border outside Dundalk. Photo: Tom Burke
Domnic McGlinchey is handed over to the RUC by the gardai at the border outside Dundalk. Photo: Tom Burke
Weapons seized in the raid
Weapons on the floor inside the hideout.

Cormac Looney

Rarely seen images chronicling the gun battle to capture the then-INLA leader Dominic McGlinchey 30 years ago this week have been unearthed.

They show the bullet- riddled garda cars and shattered windows from the gunfight between Dominic 'Mad Dog' McGlinchey and the heavily armed garda task force from Special Branch sent to capture him.

McGlinchey, who claimed to have killed 31 people, including a child, was caught in the operation by the garda's Security Task Force, which was the unit from which the current Emergency Response Unit was moulded.

St Patrick's Day marked the 30th anniversary of the capture of Ireland's most notorious republican killer, McGlinchey, after the blazing gun battle with garda detectives in Co Clare.

McGlinchey was holed up in a safehouse in Newmarket-on-Fergus while gardai sought him in connection with the murder of Hester Mullan in Derry.

As teams of detectives approached the house in Newmarket, McGlinchey opened fire from an upstairs window on the Ford Granada containing Det Sgt Dermot Jennings and elite detective gardai Chris Power and Sean Lee.

The detectives forced their way into the house and McGlinchey shouted out for a priest to be brought. He surrendered after the priest arrived.

In the fastest extradition in the history of the State, McGlinchey was rushed to Dublin before the President of the High Court, Thomas O'Higgins, and taken across the Border that same night.

He was convicted of the murder but acquitted on appeal. He was then re- extradited back to Dublin where he received a 12-year sentence for the Newmarket-on-Fergus shootout.

Irish Independent

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