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Dennis McFadden ‘may have been compromised to protect second agent’

Philip Ingram MBE, security expert.
Dennis McFadden may have been pulled out of the New IRA by his MI5 handlers to save a more valuable agent, according to one a leading counter insurgency expert.

It is almost a month since McFadden was last seen in his house in Glengormley, on the outskirts of Belfast, where he used a home bar bugged with listening devices to record dissident republicans. He went missing around two weeks before the arrest of nine members of the dissident republican political group Saoradh (rumoured to be the political wing of the New IRA) and a Palestinian doctor. Several months before his departure he organised two meetings in Co Tryone of the alleged leadership of the New IRA.

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The meetings at two houses, one close to Creggan and the second near Gortin in Co Tryone, were fitted with listening devices and cameras throughout. Fottage of the suspects recorded by MI5 at both meetings is said to be crystal clear, with all present easily identifiable. So cocky was McFadden, that he even left a review on the website Trip Advisor describing the property used to sting the senior dissidents as “exceptional”. “Would definitely recommend this house,” posted the agent who is now in protective custody with his wife and young child. Philip Ingram, pictured above, served more than 26 years in the British army, mostly in security and counter insurgency. He said the McFadden case would not be unusual, in that having agents bedded in for a long time was always the preferred option for the intelligence agencies. “Development and recruitment of agents is never for short-term effect. You’re asking them to bed in for many years of their life,” he said. 

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“These people don’t respond to an advert. They either volunteer or are compromised, although the latter tend not to last long. The ones who last the longest usually have a motivation,” Mr Ingram said. McFadden, a former special constable in Scotland, had more than likely volunteered rather than had been a serving officer or a compromised asset. “When the Met Police infiltrated animal rights protesters, they put police officers in and gave them deep cover,” he said. “But that is a very difficult and dangerous thing to manage. It is much easier to run an agent. The duty of care is easier than putting a card-carrying police officer in. McFadden would have been run out of Holywood. He would have had a principal handler and someone assigned to help the handler. 
“They would arrange meetings irregularly over a period of time and the agent can also ring if they have urgent information. “Because all this would have been set up beforehand, he would have known he was being compromised and that his time was up. “Pulling out a long-running, successful agent would only ever be done for two reasons – if he was already compromised or if there is someone else still in there – and so they would take out an agent who had run their course and leave the more valuable asset in place. “Looking at what we know so far, it was a brilliant operation  – a very successful intelligence operation.”


With many thanks to the: Irish News and Allison Morris for the original story 

Shame Féin members met ‘MI5 agent’ in loyalist heartland

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.

With many thanks to the: Sunday Life and Suzanne Breen for the original story 

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Dissident Chief’s Daughters Shock at Revelations

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.

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and Patricia Devlin for the original story 

Family of double agent and MI5 informer Dennis McFadden asked to go into ‘protective custody’

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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.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris for the original story 

Bar in McFadden home may have been bugged

McFadden double agent and MI5 informer

The home of Dennis McFadden which the New IRA now believe was bugged
Members of hard line political organisation Saoradh based in north Belfast fear that a bar in the home of alleged double agent Dennis McFadden was bugged, with recordings now in the hands of MI5.
Last week Assistant Chief Constable Barbara Gray said that Operation Arbacia against the New IRA was far from over. “It is a longer term investigation that will look into every aspect of the New IRA in its entirety,” she said. While 10 people are currently charged with offences linked to two meetings in Co Tryone earlier this year, there are fears among members of the New IRA that other recordings could lead to further arrests and charges. The two women and eight men, among them Palestinian doctor Issam Hijjawi Bassalat (62), are charged with a range of terror-related offences. Also charged are Co Tryone man David Jordan (49) from Pomeroy who is married to Sharon Jordan (45), who has been remanded into custody along with Kevin Barry Murphy (49) from Coalisland, Amanda McCabe (49) – also known as Mandy Duffy – from Lurgan, Damien McLaughlin (44) from Ardboe, Joseph Patrick Barr (32) from Derry, and Gary Hayden (48) also from Derry. Shea Reynolds (26) from Lurgan and Patrick McDaid (50) from Derry were remanded at a previous hearing on similar charges.
Suspected agent McFadden(pictured above), who comes from a well respected family from the Gorbals area of Glasgow, is said to have used his contacts with Celtic fans travelling to Old Firm games to cement his relationship with dissident republicans. Named in court as an MI5 agent, provocateur, McFadden is thought to have been working undercover in the North of Ireland for almost 10 years. Sources have revealed his links with Belfast date back decades when relatives hosted events for bus loads of Celtic fans arriving from the North of Ireland. He appeared back in Glasgow for a relative’s 50th birthday party a few years ago and again claimed his work as a safety inspector kept him abroad for long periods of time. What remains of the New IRA in Derry are now blaming North Belfast members for being “easily bought” with tickets to football matches and nights drinking in the bar McFadden built at the side of his Glengormley home.
Police at Ardoyne Avenue in North Belfast
McFadden fled his home on the outskirts of North Belfast a week before his activities emerged, and is now thought to be in the protection of the intelligence services along with his wife and young child. It is understood two dark coloured vehicles, including a Transit van and a people carrier, pulled up at the house the day after the arrest of nine people. Neighbours said there was one person in each vehicle but that they did not see anything being removed from the property.
Allison Morris (left) Security Correspondent for the Irish News

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.

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Double agent and MI5 informer Dennis McFadden used Celtic connection to gain favour with Irish republicans

McFadden agent provocateur and undercover MI5 informer 

MI5 agent Dennis McFadden and the home he disappeared from a few weeks ago
Named in court as an MI5 agent, McFadden is thought to have been working undercover in the North of Ireland for almost 10 years. Sources have revealed his links with Belfast date back decades when relatives hosted events for bus loads of Celtic fans arriving in Glasgow from the North of Ireland. It was through these links that McFadden (pictured above) made connections with dissidents travelling to games, offering promises of accommodation to gain favour with particular individuals. He explained his constant trips away by saying he was a hotel safety inspector whose work involved travel.
McFadden was from a respected family in Glasgow and even served as an altar boy in his in a parish in the city. He served as a special constable in Scotland in his early twenties and although some republicans raised suspicions, he was appointed a ‘resource officer’. McFadden, who had business interests in a bar outside Belfast and also in Gran Canaria, it has also been rumoured he was also a joint partner in a taxi business in North Belfast. He had been living in Glengormley until he disappeared a few weeks ago ahead of a major operation against the New IRA. Eight men and two women are charged in connection with the MI5-led Operation Arbacia, linked to two meetings in Co Tryone in February and July which were bugged by MI5. A Palestinian doctor charged in connection with the operation claims he was lured to a meeting under pretences. Dr Issam Hijjawi Bassalat, who travelled from Edinburgh to Belfast, insists he believed he was attending a public meeting to speak about the political situation in Palestine.
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Double agent and MI5 informer Dennis McFadden may have fled his home two weeks ago

The home of Dennis McFadden in Glengormley

The vacant home of Dennis McFadden in Glengormley
Suspected agent Dennis McFadden may have fled his home in the outskirts of north Belfast a week before details of his activities emerged, neighbours say.

He is believed to have been central to the arrest of nine republicans and a Palestinian man over the last week.

The ten were detained as part of Operation Arbacia, which is investigating the activities of the ‘IRA’, which is often referred to as the New IRA.

Originally from Scotland, he is believed to have shared the home with his partner and young child.

The red brick house is located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Glengormley.

Hanging baskets in full bloom and a slightly overgrown front garden neatly disguise the property’s sensational secrets.

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The property was empty yesterday with the white blinds drawn.

A child’s scooter lay abandoned where it was left on a path close to the front door of the vacant property.

The suspicion of neighbours was raised last week when strangers arrived at the average suburban home.

It is understood two dark coloured vehicles, including a Transit van and a people carrier, pulled up at the house last Wednesday afternoon.

Locals say there was one person in each vehicle and at this point nothing was removed from the property.

It is understood both vehicles left the area shortly before a white removal van arrived in the sleepy street shortly after 2.30pm.

Within an hour the truck pulled out of the street laden with the contents of Mr McFadden’s home.

However, one local said that the property was empty for around a week before the arrival of the removal truck.

One neighbour said that although Mr McFadden, who managed a bar in west Belfast, kept to himself there was a regular stream of visitors to the property.

It is reported that had installed a mini bar at the side of his house and regularly served himself and visitors pints of draught Guinness.

It has been suggested that at times he could work his way through two kegs a week, which were often delivered to the house by taxi.

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Suspected agent linked to ‘IRA’ surveillance named as Dennis McFadden

Dennis McFadden double agent and MI5 informer 

Dennis McFadden has not been seen since last week
A suspected agent believed to be central to the major MI5-led operation targeting the ‘IRA’ has been named as Dennis McFadden.

A member of the Saoradh national executive, he held the post of resource officer.

It is believed that he was also involved in financial affairs.

Originally from Scotland, he has not been seen since last week.

It is understood the contents of his home on the outskirts of Belfast were packed into a removal van on Wednesday and friends and acquaintances have been unable to contact him.

Sources say he moved into the property last year with his wife and young son.

It is believed that Mr McFadden was responsible for renting two properties in Co Tyrone used for separate meetings this year which have led to 10 arrests in a major surveillance operation targeting the ‘IRA’, also known as the ‘New IRA’.

The Irish News understands that he was also responsible for transporting some of those who attended the meetings to both properties.

It has been suggested that he has a long association with the republican movement.

Fresh concerns are said to have been raised as recently as last year.

It is said that at one point he was openly challenged, while some republicans refused to be in his company.

If is not known if the suspected agent involved in the MI5 operation was recruited as an informer and will now become an ‘assisting offender’ or was an MI5 or PSNI agent directed to infiltrate republican groups.

It is suspected he has been taken into some form of protective custody, possibly to a security facility somewhere in the north.

Mr McFadden has faced threats online since details of his alleged role began to emerge.

He was a former manager of a well known west Belfast bar and it is suggested he often travelled abroad for work.

Mr McFadden was close to several senior republicans, including Tony Catney who died in 2014, and was described by those who knew him as “personable”.

He was known to attend a large number of republican functions across Ireland on a regular basis and was also involved in other projects and campaigns.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Connla Young for the original story 

The house at the centre of the MI5 bugging operation

The property at Gortin, Co Tyrone

AN online booking service is believed to have been used to rent a house later bugged by MI5 as part of Operation Arbacia.

The four-bedroom property is located close to Creggan in Co Tyrone, just off the main road between Cookstown and Omagh.

Tourists visiting the rural bolthole could have no idea that it has been at the centre of one of the most significant surveillance operations targeting republicans in recent times.

Kilngate Cottage is located near the banks of the Ballinderry river and commands spectacular views of the Sperrin Mountains in the distance.

It is believed to be owned by a local family who have no connection with any illegal activity and absolutely no knowledge of either the meetings alleged to be linked to the ‘IRA’ or the associated MI5 operation.

Suspected agent Dennis McFadden is believed to have transported some of those alleged to have attended a meeting in February to the house after picking them up from a car park in Cookstown.

In the days afterwards someone identifying themselves as Dennis posted a review of the property online.

The post described the house as “exceptional”.

Images of the interior of the house in Creggan, Co Tryone

“Would definitely recommend this house.”

It took place at an isolated cottage in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains.

The house, which sits at the end of a short country lane, was empty when visited by The Irish News at the weekend.

It is understood this property was also rented by Mr McFadden and the suspected agent was also responsible for transporting some of those alleged to be in attendance to the meeting point.

The three-bedroom bungalow and around seven acres are currently listed for sale with a local auctioneer.

It is understood the property is not locally owned and that the owner also had absolutely no knowledge of either the meeting or MI5 operation and has no connection with any illegal activity.

Local people reported an increased PSNI presence in the area in recent weeks, particularly in the immediate vicinity of the property.

One also reported an unusual incident several weeks ago when “four or five vans” were seen at the house at around 2am.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Connla Young for the original story 

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