Dissidents ignored repeated warnings about ‘New IRA double agent’
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Suspected MI5 agent Dennis McFadden met Sinn Fein members in a house in the heart of loyalist Carrickfergus where they exchanged party documents, Sunday Life can reveal.
The Scotsman, who later allegedly infiltrated the New IRA, was a trusted party official embedded within the mainstream republican movement long before he aligned himself with dissidents.
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Sunday Life’s investigation has uncovered this photo of McFadden who former associates says usually shied away from having pictures taken and wore hats or hoodies at most times.
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THE daughter of a former top republican revealed this week how her heart was “broken” on learning her family friend was an MI5 agent.
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Aisling Hardy, daughter of the late dissident chief Tony ‘TC’ Catney, posted on Facebook after learning that Dennis McFadden was in protective custody (follow the link above to read the Facebook message). She said: “My daddy was the bravest man I have ever and will ever know. He was my best friend, my heart. “No one will ever compare in strength and loyalty. “To hear someone he welcomed, treated as family and respected has been a liar has broken my heart and faith in humans.” Catney, who passed away in 2014, was one of McFadden’s closest friends. The high-ranking republican was jailed in 1974 at the age of 16 for murdering Maurice Knowles (17) from Rathcoole on the shores of Belfast Lough. He was released in 1990 and became Sinn Féin’s head of elections. In the years leading up to his death, he had moved away from the mainstream republican movement over a disagreement with the Shame Féin strategy. He is said to have “vouched” for McFadden in republican circles.
McFadden is understood to have moved to the North of Ireland over 10 years ago. He had business interests in Belfast and Spain. He is believed to have moved in many republican circles, and had some involvement with Shame Féin members in the Glens of Antrim, before moving to dissident causes. He was heavily involved in the Celtic fan scene and holidayed with many dissidents during his time here. Before joining Saoradh and being appointed as resource officer, McFadden had attempted to join republican socialist political group Éirígí. His application was denied along with Catney and another republican. Sources said that decision was solely down to “egos” within Éirígí. And another top republican hit out at McFadden’s role in a human rights group.
McFadden managed social media pages, websites and press statements of ‘Justice Watch Ireland’, set up by Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four in 2013 to “protect the human rights and the civil liberties of all the people throughout Ireland”. But Rick O’Rawe, a former republican prisoner, said allegations a founding member of the ‘Justice Watch Ireland’ group is a suspected security force spy, would have greatly disappointed Conlon, who died in 2014. Mr O’Rawe, who wrote a book on his close pal’s life said: “Gerry wouldn’t have been at all pleased that the justice organisation which he was affiliated with had been infiltrated by anyone. “He didn’t want any part of this game of paramilitarism or security force infiltration. McFadden was listed as secretary of the company from 2014, until it was dissolved in 2016. His name appears alongside the respected miscarriage of justice campaigner, and a number of other company directors.
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The Sunday World understands McFadden also managed and controlled much of the group’s online presence and recorded and edited videos of conferences and talks, uploading them to social media and YouTube. A profile in his name on the business site LinkedIn records his job as ‘operations manager’ for the group. It can also be revealed that the Scottish-born dad – who served as a police cadet in Glasgow – ran a high profile campaign on behalf of republicans. Sources say he helped manage the ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two’ campaign group surrounding the convictions of two men convicted over the CIRA murder of a police officer. PSNI/RUC Constable Stephen Carroll was shot dead on March 9, 2009 in the Lismore Manor area of Craigavon as he responded to a 999 call. Brendan McConville (42) and 22-year-old John Paul Wootton were later sentenced to 25 and 14 years in jail for the murder, a conviction which was upheld on appeal in 2014.
McFadden is said to have “controlled” a campaign claiming both men were wrongly convicted. According to sources, he was “in charge” of the Justice for the Craigavon Two’s website, Facebook page and media. A number of YouTube accounts in McFadden’s name also show various videos and talks and conferences held on the case. Despite being involved in public talks with both Justice Watch Ireland and Justice for the Craigavon Two, he does not appear in any photos or videos alongside other members. One poster for a Justice Watch Ireland event, held in a Derry hotel in 2013, lists McFadden on a speaker line up on “human rights and civil liberties abuses”. “He told us he liked staying behind the camera, that he was the photographer,” one source said.
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Hardline party Saoradh has said alleged MI5 agent Dennis McFadden has been in contact with his family to confirm he is in protective custody.
Nine members of the party and a Palestinian doctor have been charged with offences linked to two meetings in Co Tyrone this year.
McFadden, who is believed to have been an agent for more than a decade, booked the properties that were fitted with cameras and listening devices.
Originally from the Gorbals area of Glasgow, McFadden who was a former special constable with the Police Scotland, went missing from his home near Belfast several weeks ago.
Operation Arbacia, targetting the New IRA is ongoing with further arrests expected in the Republic. It was reported on Sunday that authorities plan to seek the extradition of alleged members of the New IRA.
Posting online Saoradh said McFadden’s family had been in constant contact.
“This engagement has made it clear that McFadden, under the direction of his MI5 superiors, set out to entrap republicans at the behest of the British government,” it said.
“Since the entrapment case occurred this MI5 agent has contacted his family to admit what he is, sent his handlers to their doors and MI5 even attempted to kidnap them into ‘protective custody’ – which they resisted and refused.”
It was also reported on Sunday that a second agent may have been involved in the Co Tyrone operation. A Belfast man who provided ‘security’ for the meetings, features on the recordings but has yet to be arrested.
McFadden often hosted this man along with prominent Belfast members of Saoradh at a bar he had built in his house in Glengormley. That was also believed to be bugged and those recordings are also now in the hands of MI5.
McFadden claimed to work as a safety inspector and this kept him abroad for long periods.
Currently in custody are Co Tyrone couple David Jordan (49) and Sharon Jordan (45), Kevin Barry Murphy (49) from Coalisland, Amanda McCabe (49), from Lurgan – also known as Mandy Duffy – Damien McLaughlin (44) from Ardboe, Joseph Patrick Barr (32) from Derry, and 48-year old Gary Hayden also from Derry.
Shea Reynolds (26) from Lurgan and Patrick McDaid (50) from Derry were remanded at a previous hearing on similar charges.
Doctor Issam Hijjawi Bassalat (62), who claims he was entrapped by McFadden into travelling to Belfast to attend the July meeting is also remanded in custody.
“It is the opinion of his immediate family that McFadden cares for no one but himself and the personal profit resulting from his actions,” Saoradh said.
“Not those who he has imprisoned in this dirty snare. Not their distraught family members who welcomed him into their homes as a friend. And not even his own family.
“The McFadden family have freely stated to Saoradh that they are disgusted by the actions of their family member, someone who they want no further association with.
“Just as our imprisoned comrades and their families are victims of the presence of MI5 in Occupied Ireland, so too has the family of Dennis McFadden been betrayed. Saoradh stands with them just as we stand with our comrades and their families here at home.
“Saoradh would like to place on public record that the wider McFadden family should face no negativity, threats, coercion or any other recriminations from republicans or others for the sins of their former family member.”
It has been reported, meanwhile, that McFadden is believed to have saved the life of prominent loyalist Johnny Adair. Three dissidents were jailed in 2015 for plotting to kill Adair at his home. It was reported that McFadden was suspected of facilitating bugging of their homes which prevented the bid.
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The New IRA now believes that these vehicles were MI5 operatives removing listening devices and cameras from the house where McFadden often entertained members of the New IRA and Saoradh, filling them with alcohol while recording conversations. This is already causing deep divisions within what is left of the New IRA, with Derry members claiming that McFadden was only able to infiltrate the organisation as deeply as he did with the help of members from Belfast. There have also been questions asked to why to date none of those from Belfast closest to McFadden have been arrested, with the dissident republicans currently remanded facing charges all from Co Armagh, Tyrone and Derry.