Wednesday 17 October 2018

Genocidal killer who got 'up close and personal'

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

AMID the publicity about the pre-release leave granted to Dessie O'Hare, the point that he is one of the worst killers thrown up by the Northern Troubles has been missed. Before he had reached his 20th birthday, Dessie O'Hare had come to the attention of the RUC and Garda Siochana in relation to 27 murders in Northern Ireland, mainly between south Armagh and south-east Tyron

AMID the publicity about the pre-release leave granted to Dessie O'Hare, the point that he is one of the worst killers thrown up by the Northern Troubles has been missed. Before he had reached his 20th birthday, Dessie O'Hare had come to the attention of the RUC and Garda Siochana in relation to 27 murders in Northern Ireland, mainly between south Armagh and south-east Tyrone. The victims were almost exclusively Protestant part-time members of the RUC or UDR and civilians, many of whom were shot dead at their homes in front of their families.

O'Hare was infamous by the age of 19 for the ruthless efficiency and brutality of his killings. He was a gunman and, as one garda who followed his career said, his killings tended to be "up close and personal". O'Hare was one of several predatory republican killers who stalked and murdered so many members of the Border Protestant community in the Seventies and Eighties that the term "genocide" came to be used about their campaign.

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