Monday 26 February 2018

Half a century of abuse covered up

Investigation must consider Domhnall O Lubhlai's IRA links and if he was part of a paedophile ring, writes Jim Cusack

Domhnall O Lubhlai
Domhnall O Lubhlai

In December 1972 Domhnall O Lubhlai shared a platform with Provisional IRA figures Daithi O Conaill and Sean Keenan , head of the IRA in Derry, to launch what was to have been a southern extension of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA).

The "Irish Civil Rights Association" (ICRA) launch also attracted a collection of radical and republican figures from Dublin's theatrical and literary world. The southern-based ICRA was to be used as a vehicle by the Provisionals to recruit and foment dissent in the Republic. It was watched closely by gardai but failed to evolve into a significant movement.

O Lubhlai had been arrested in relation to IRA activities during the "Border Campaign" between 1958 and 1962. He also attended Sinn Fein conferences in the early 1970s. However, beyond the early 1970s, he did not appear on the gardai's radar as anything other than a figure determined to promote himself and his life as a Gaeilgeoir with republican leanings. He was stridently anti-British.

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